Endangered Words: Simon Hertnon’s guided tour of one hundred exceptional rare words
by Simon Hertnon
A personally guided tour through a gallery of fine words.
“Hertnon provides a treasure trove of rich and
rare words to delight, tantalise and obsess the most
compulsive of language obsessives. Lovely stuff.”
Weekend Press (Christchurch)
Sunday Star Times
“This book is a gem.”
Northern Advocate (Whangarei)
“an excellent guide to that obscure word”
Kudos from first edition reviews.
Previously published as both Endangered Words (US paperbacks) and From Afterwit to Zemblanity (UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa hardback), Simon Hertnon’s highly-rated* ‘treasure trove of rich and rare words’ can now be enjoyed on your Kindle reader.
Hertnon describes his book as a gallery of fine words, and a stroll through it will introduce you to words that give you reason to pause and consider. Some words hit you between the eyeballs, others make you laugh or nod your head in wistful recognition. But every word reminds you of the value tied up in our language, if only we take the time to explore, discern, and share.
In keeping with Simon’s less-is-more philosophy, the book features just 100 remarkable words so that you can get to know each word properly before moving on to the next.
Here are three to whet your appetite.
- elozable adj. ‘amenable to flattery’ (OED)
- sprezzatura n. ‘studied non-chalance: perfect conduct or performance without apparent effort’ (Merriam-Webster)
- velliety adj. ‘A mere wish, desire, or inclination without accompanying action or effort.’ (OED)
The ideal gift for the hard-to-buy-for word lover in your family, Endangered Words features 100 hand-picked rarities. For each word, Hertnon explains meaning, derivation, rarity, usage, and why he chose the word for his ‘exhibition’. Related words, keen wit, crisp quotations, and an eclectic short story are all to be found on Simon Hertnon’s guided tour.
* Rated 4+ stars in Amazon and Goodreads (December 2015).
From Afterwit to Zemblanity: 100 endangered words brought to life
by Simon Hertnon
First edition hardback ISBN 978-1869661939
(New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd, 2008)
$29.99 from Nakedize Book Shop
Further reading — web sites
A Word A Day (by Anu Garg)
The Oxford English Dictionary
Verbatim (quarterly language magazine)
Word Information (etymology)
World Wide Words (by Michael Quinion)
Publisher: Marsilio Press (an imprint of Nakedize Limited)
Subjects: Vocabulary / English language