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

Author(s): Mark Forsyth

Writing, Language & Reference



Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words. 


From uhtcearein the hours before dawn through to dream drumblesat bedtime, The Horologicongives you the extraordinary lost words you never knew you needed. 


Wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling(which may lead to rizzlingif you feel sleepy after lunch). A Radio 4 Book of the Week, The Horologiconis an eye-opening, page-turning celebration of the English language at its most endearingly arcane. 


'Reading The Horologiconin one sitting is very tempting' Roland White, Sunday Times

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'Reading The Horologicon in one sitting is very tempting' -- Roland White, Sunday Times 'A delightfully eccentric ... illuminating new book' -- Daily Mail 'Whether you are out on the pickaroon or ogo-pogoing for a bellibone, The Horologicon is a lexical lamppost' -- The Field

Born in London in 1977, Mark Forsyth (a.k.a The Inky Fool) was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. His book The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller, and his TED Talk 'What's a snollygoster?' has had more than half a million views. He has also written a specially commissioned essay 'The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted' for Independent Booksellers Week and the introduction for the new edition of the Collins English Dictionary. He lives in London with his dictionaries, and blogs at

General Fields

  • : 9781785781711
  • : Icon Books, Limited
  • : Icon Books, Limited
  • : 0.254
  • : November 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mark Forsyth
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 422
  • : 272