'The Wonder of Whiffling' chronicles best ever English words!
Some of them may sound quirky but deipnosophists, stridewallops and shot-clogs have all made it to 'The Wonder of Whiffling'.world Updated: Sep 19, 2009 23:41 IST
Some of them may sound quirky but deipnosophists, stridewallops and shot-clogs have all made it to 'The Wonder of Whiffling'.
Adam Jacot de Boinod has assembled them in his celebrated book which chronicles the best ever words in the English language.
A stridewallop, is a Yorkshire term for a tall and awkward woman, while shot-clog is an Elizabethan term for a drinking companion only tolerated because he pays for the round. Meanwhile, a deipnosophist is a Jacobean word for a skillful dinner conversationalist.
All words include -- fornale, to spend one's money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.
English words from overseas are also included, such as twack, a Newfoundland English word. Twacks are shoppers who look at goods, inquire about the prices but never buy anything, The Daily Telegraph reported.
In his introduction, the author writes: "As a self-confessed bowerbird (one who collects an astonishing array of sometimes useless objects), I've greatly enjoyed putting together this collection.
"I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading it, and that it saves you both from mulligrubs, depression of spirits, and onomatomania, vexation in having difficulty finding the right word."