ACES Logo
The Little Book of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, and 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting

The Little Book of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, and 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting

By Joe Gillard

Did you know that English once had a verb meaning "to pretend to work while actually doing nothing"? And one meaning "to put off until the day after tomorrow"? This book, written by the founder of the digital publication "History Hustle," will teach you these and many other words that might be quite useful if only we knew they existed.

This collection features scores of unique words from history that deal with surprisingly modern issues like sleeping in and procrastination--proving that some things never change! The Little Book of Lost Words presents each term that's ready to be brought back into modern-day use, complete with definition, hilarious sample sentence, and cheeky historical art. You'll learn new words for the cozy room where you like to Netflix and chill (snuggery), for a dishonest politician (snollygoster), and for a young person who sleeps through the day and doesn't work (dewdropper). If you like Lost in Translation, Shakespeare Insult Generator, Drunk History, and Roald Dahl--and you delight in the way words like blatteroon and flapdoodle roll off the tongue--then you're the word lover this book was written for. Want to know what a fizgig or groke is? Read this book!

Recent Books

Murder Your Darlings

Grammarlocks and the Three Theiyr'res: A Gram'mar Mountain Twisted Tale

Good Grammar is the Life of the Party