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

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Shh, don’t tell, I’m a word nerd. That’s why I read this book and why you need to read it too! This book answered one of my lifelong questions, where did the word Sloom come from? Gillard brings words back to life that just roll off your tongue and uses them in sentences that will genuinely make you laugh, describing everyday concepts and timeless ideas with historical artwork throughout. Discover your favorite lost word and gift a copy to your compeer!

— Debbi Wraga


The founder of History Hustle presents a handy guide for expressing yourself with history's best words.

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!

About the Author

JOE GILLARD is a history buff and founder of History Hustle, a digital publication for history fans. He believes history is really just one big story of humans doing hilarious and interesting things. History Hustle boasts over 320,000 loyal social media followers, 40 million video views, and has been featured on Quartz, The Chive, Bored Panda, Cheezburger, the Culture Trip, and more.

Praise For…

"Perfection for word nerds. We’re not being akrasic in saying this is a wonderful book!" --Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras, authors of You're Saying It Wrong and That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399582677
ISBN-10: 0399582673
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 192
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