Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary.

Quinion, Michael.

Picture of Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary.
He begins by saying that when he was young he used to catch trains at a railway station

. Nowdays most people call it a train station

. He explains many shifts in our vocabulary - radio

rather than wireless

; changes in fashion mean that Oxford bags, drainpipe trousers

and whalebone strip

are not with us. His investigation of vanishing words includes quotations/references from writers through the ages.


SKU: 9780199551026


What is a gallimaufry anyway? And when did you last hear someone refer to the wireless? What was the original paraphernalia? Would you wear a billycock? Language is always changing, and here Michael Quinion, author of the bestselling POSH and Other Language Myths, has gathered together some fascinating examples of words and meanings which have vanished from our language. Sometimes a word is lost when the thing it describes becomes obsolete, sometimes it survives in a figurative sense while the original meaning is lost, and sometimes it simply gives way to a more popular alternative. The story of these and many other words opens a window into the lives of past speakers of the English language.

Book Details

Author Quinion, Michael.
Format PB
Publish Date 0/01/1900
Catalogue Sep17
Catalogue book number 176