The Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words (Hardback)
  • The Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words (Hardback)

The Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words (Hardback)

2 Reviews Sign in to write a review
Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 21/05/2015
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is only available to collect in store.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Wherever you go in the English-speaking world, there are linguistic riches from times past awaiting rediscovery. All you have to do is choose a location, find some old documents, and dig a little.

In The Disappearing Dictionary, linguistics expert Professor David Crystal collects together delightful dialect words that either provide an insight into an older way of life, or simply have an irresistible phonetic appeal. Like a mirror image of The Meaning of Liff that just happens to be true, The Disappearing Dictionary unearths some lovely old gems of the English language, dusts them down and makes them live again for a new generation.

dabberlick [noun, Scotland]

A mildly insulting way of talking about someone who is tall and skinny. 'Where's that dabberlick of a child?'

fubsy [adjective, Lancashire]

Plump, in a nice sort of way.

squinch [noun, Devon]

A narrow crack in a wall or a space between floorboards. 'I lost sixpence through a squinch in the floor'.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447282808
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 22 mm

You may also be interested in...

Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Swearing Is Good For You
Added to basket
Added to basket
The Language Instinct
Added to basket
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
How Language Began
Added to basket
Lost in Translation
Added to basket
Write to the Point
Added to basket
Modern Toss: Tossary of Terms
Added to basket
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Think Again
Added to basket
The Will to Power
Added to basket


View all

“A Real Gem of a Book”

The Disappearing Dictionary – A Gem of a Book

The Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal is a gem of a book and a reminder that the English language is always changing and developing and sometimes we can be divided... More

Hardback edition
3rd June 2015
Helpful? Upvote 70


This is a great little book which is as quirky and funny as it is interesting and informative, and after reading it you'll find it impossible not to slip words like lobstropolous, confloption and depooperit into... More

Hardback edition
2nd September 2015
Helpful? Upvote 56

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.