AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WORDS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
25 October 2018
Exciting news this October, with the publication of a brand new word origins guide, Around the World in 80 Words. Inspired by the story behind Stellenbosch—a verb we owe to a town in South Africa’s Cape Province—which appeared on the Haggard Hawks blog at the start of the year, Around the World tells the story of eighty words and phrases whose etymologies lie somewhere on the world map. A mix of the familiar and unfamiliar taking in six continents across a 70,000 mile route, Around the World is due for release on 25 October 2018. Click through to the HH website here for more information and to take a look at a sample chapter...
YES OR BS
3 September 2018
Finally, it has arrived... Something entirely new: the Yes or BS website launched in September 2018, with the first edition of the Yes or BS podcast going live just a few weeks later. With the most frequently-asked question over on the HH Twitter feed still being whether the words tweeted are genuine or not, an idea developed to somehow test the believability of seemingly factual information. Hence, Yes or BS—a brand new blog, game, and podcast in which all is not often as it seems. Is the story you’re reading or hearing true? It’s up to you to decide—from a space project started by Oliver Cromwell’s brother-in-law, to that time Clark Cable saved Lassie from a fire in his trailer. Head to yesorbs.com for more...
THE CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES: US EDITION
10 August 2018
US readers—your long wait is (nearly) over... Following its publication in the UK and beyond in October 2017, a US edition of The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities will at long last be published via the University of Chicago Press in Fall 2019! Inspired by the Word of the Day tweets over on the @HaggardHawks Twitter feed, The Cabinet is a yearbook of 366 obscure and long-forgotten words, from quaaltagh and sheep’s-eye to transnivean and mamamouchi. Attached to each etymological tale is a tale from history that ties each word in with each date, making The Cabinet both a linguistic and historical fact book unlike any other. Head to the HH website here for more information, and a sample chapter
IN OTHER NEWS...
THE ALLUSIONIST & RADIO 4’S WORD OF MOUTH
20 February 2018 | Publicity for The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities and all things Haggard Hawks continued apace into the new year, beginning with a brilliant talk with Helen Zaltzman over on The Allusionist podcast on 26 January 2018. The talk covered everything from President Grant’s “grantist” nepotism to the history and origin of the not-so-presidential word “trump”. That was followed, on 20 February, with an appearance on Michael Rosen’s flagship Radio 4 language program Word of Mouth, talking about everything from resurrecting long-forgotten words to the history and origins of the word transpontine—and how it came to be a personal favourite...
CBC & WORD OF MOUTH
5 December 2017 | Following the release of The Accidental Dictionary in the United States in October 2017, a raft of interviews followed with Quartz; The Huffington Post and HuffPost Books; WBZ Radio, in Boston, Massachusetts; and WATR’s Talk of the Town show with Steve Noxon. The release of The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities in Canada led to a series of high-profile interviews on CBC Radio, beginning with The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti on 5 December (with the full interview available on catch-up here), and followed by an appearance on CBC’s popular Maritime Noon show in Nova Scotia, talking and taking calls with Norma Lee MacLeod.
TWO NEW BOOKS
26 October 2017 | You wait all year for a new book, and then two come along at once... First, the US edition of the acclaimed Accidental Dictionary was published by Pegasus Books on 3 October 2017. The book, which brings together the histories and etymologies of 100 familiar words whose meanings have changed beyond recognition since their first appearance in the language, has received glowing reviews. Second, The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities was published in the UK on 19 October. Bringing together 366 obscure words in an almanac of forgotten language, the Cabinet went on a successful blog tour throughout October and has been profiled on BBC Newcastle and BBC Leeds, and has been very favourably received!
THE ACCIDENTAL DICTIONARY: PUBLICITY & INTERVIEWS
1 November 2016 | Following its release on 13 October 2016, publicity for ‘The Accidental Dictionary’ has continued apace with feature articles in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Telegraph, and several radio interviews, including BBC Leeds, BBC Local Radio, talkRADIO London, and the BBC World Service. In October, Paul was also a guest on the excellent Endless Knot podcast, in a thoroughly enjoyable interview that touched on everything from word origins and the benefits of learning Latin at school to second hand bookshops (and second hand dictionaries). Catch up with it, and all the other episodes in the Endless Knot series, over on alliterative.net.
THE ACCIDENTAL DICTIONARY, INSTAGRAM & A NEW HH WEBSITE
14 September 2016 | Lots of news this month, with a new book, new website, and new social media strand all on their way. My fifth book, ‘The Accidental Dictionary’, exploring the unexpected origins of 100 English words, will be released by Elliott & Thompson on 13 October. With thanks to graphic designer Phil Rostron, HH will be spreading its wings over to Instagram in a 31-day project coinciding with World Dictionary Day 2016. And you can now find everything HH—including the blog, and (what will eventually be) all 50 YouTube vidoes—over on the new website, haggardhawks.com, which went live on Septmber 12!