Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized.
Find yourself pretending to work? That’s fudgelling.
And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just don’t get too vinomadefied; a drunk dinner companion is never appreciated.
The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the #1 international bestseller, The Etymologicon, comes a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.
…once you pick up The Horologicon it's hard to put down…Although I'm interested in etymology, I prefer to learn about words I may have some hope of fitting into a sentence. Nevertheless, after just a few pages Forsyth had roped me in with his masterly prose, and I eagerly continued on his guided tour through the museum that is the English language…The Horologicon will be as engrossing for people interested in history and culture as it is for those who love words. It's the best word-themed book I've read in years…
Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter, and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. He is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose. He lives in the UK.