The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language , published in , is a non-fiction book by Mark Forsyth. The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really. 9 Oct From snollygoster to wamblecropt, these forgotten words just might come handy, says the author of The Horologicon.

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That is the crux of it, I suppose.

What sets this marvellous read apart from your standard lexicon is the method of recording used does not follow the A — Z format. Otherwise you still might have to read an entire chapter to find what you are looking for. Sadly, I felt he failed on both accounts.

The prologue had me old-man-laughing with tears rolling down my face, which was a little unfair. It’s the type of book that might best be taken in small bites to learn and take notes, but Forsyth is an interesting enough writer to keep the book entertaining for an end-to-end gulp.

I love words and linguistics – Mark Forsyth is a very clever man!

The Horologicon – Wikipedia

Then you’re philogrobolized probably at day peep when you were roused by your expergefactor. And, each chapter provides an array of useful words to meet any potential occasion in that hour. Absolutely hoorlogicon must-read for fans of language and the English language in particular. It’s edifying, and it’s a window into the different ways a language evolves. The arcane words are thick and plentiful and if you need a reference book to keep track horologicln ways to say someone If you haven’t read Mark Forsyth, you are missing out.

Still, a fun read. Overalll, this is horologicoh collection of the compulsively unusual; to be dipped-into purposefully, as when seeking the irresistible pleasures of chain-sucking sucking aniseed balls.


Grab yourself a copy, learn some great old words and have a lot of fun doing so! This book was to me a delight, light and witty in tone but erudite in knowledge. You should on no account attempt to read it cover to cover. The Horologicon or book of hours gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them.

As far as content goes, this book has it all. Most importantly, this horologidon content that everyone can relate to.

His self-deprecating horologico combines with linguistic reveries so that any lover of the language will relish his thoughts. Tue 4 Dec Walk along a riverbank or seafront on a sunny afternoon and you’ll see lots of people happily gongoozling. Books by Mark Forsyth. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It’s the most beautiful word in the English language to say aloud.

The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

The arcane words are thick and plentiful thr if you need a reference book to keep track of ways to say someone is drunk, I can’t recommend the book more highly.

The index only helps if you actually already have an idea of the word you want. But when it comes to economics, they are hopeless. Sadly, I didn’t learn any new terminology.

Lovers of words should still read this, but if you are strapped for time, stick with his other two books. They can be read separately and in any order, but I do recommend reading them all. It shows in The Horologicon. It sums up the feeling of work being over and drinking having begun. Apr 28, Phil rated it really liked it Shelves: The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4, hits per week.


Mark Forsyth’s top 10 lost words

After starting his Inky Fool blog, he continued that work into The Horologicon. Do you wake up feeling rough? I loved this author’s other language book, The Etymologiconso once I heard about this one I knew I had to read it. Tatterdemalion has the lovely suggestion of dandelions towards the end although pronounced with all Forsyth likes to hunt through arcane and regional dictionaries for quaint words, which he groups and weaves into a narrative interlarded with outrageous British humour.

Each chapter is dedicated to an hour in the life of the mythical, i Mr Forsyth does it again.

From Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this is a book of weird words for familiar situations. After the visit to the ‘fumatorium’ and doing as much ‘quomodocunquizing’ as possible, you the faint sound of ‘borborygmi’ and off to lunch you go. I don’t think I’m going to remember many of these words, if horolobicon, but they are indeed satisfying and odd, and some of them are undeservedly defunct.

The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

These words have lost their places in our modern society, but that does not make them incredibly interesting and worth knowing. Feague is a term from around the 18th century that means to put a live eel up a horse’s bottom. Author, Mark Forsythwarns readers against consuming The Horologicon: Dec 06, Carey Combe rated it liked it Shelves: Who needs a book of obsolete English words?

The fact that the author is a having a good time while he writes makes this book special.

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