From Afterwit to Zemblanity

From Afterwit to Zemblanity: 100 endangered words brought to life

by Simon Hertnon

The ideal gift for word lovers everywhere.

From Afterwit to Zemblanity coverFirst edition hardback ISBN 9781869661939
(New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd, 2008)
$24.99 from Nakedize Book Shop

eBook edition | Publishing information

“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)

“crisply presented”
Sunday Star Times

“This book is a gem.”
Northern Advocate (Whangarei)

“an excellent guide to that obscure word”
Investigate Magazine

From Afterwit to Zemblanity back coverConsidering how often we need to communicate, we tend to be lazy linguists, reaching for the cliched and commonplace word, even though the English language is brimming with ambrosial alternatives.

But wait just a yoctosecond — help is at hand! In this deliciously witty compendium, Simon Hertnon selects 100 hand-picked rarities and, in a virtuoso display of concinnity and logodaedaly, gives them the kiss of life via clear descriptions of their meaning and crisp examples of their usage.

Not merely a useful resource for writers and communicators, From Afterwit to Zemblanity is an entertaining read for anyone with an appetite for the very brightest gems of the English language.

Simon’s description of the book
When it comes to words, English speakers are ‘spoilt for choice’. There is nearly a word for everything, but we are often overwhelmed by options and, typically, our language is bland and uninspiring. I think of From Afterwit to Zemblanity as a gallery of fine words, and a stroll through it will introduce you to words that will give you reason to pause and consider. Some words will hit you between the eyeballs, others will simply make you laugh, or recognise, or appreciate, or reconsider. But every word will remind you of the choices we can all make, if only we take the time to explore and discern.

From Afterwit to Zemblanity hardback open

Read an excerpt: Velleity
Explore: Further reading

eBook edition

Endangered Words: Simon Hertnon’s guided tour of one hundred exceptional rare words
by Simon Hertnon

Kindle edition (ISBN 9780958235501, ASIN B019HJ3EPM)
(Marsilio Press, 2015)
$3.99 from Amazon US and CA
£2.99 from Amazon UK, IN and AU

Cover of Endangered Words Kindle Edition

More about the Kindle edition…
More Endangered Words print editions…

Publishing information

Publisher (hardback): New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd
NZ distribution (hardback): Nakedize Distribution
Publisher (eBook): Marsilio Press (an imprint of Nakedize Limited)
ISBN (hardback): 9781869661939
ISBN (eBook): 9780958235501
ASIN (eBook): B019HJ3EPM
Pages (hardback): 224
Size (hardback): 127mm x 191mm
Subjects: Vocabulary / English language
Enquiries: info[at]

Title: From afterwit to zemblanity : 100 endangered words brought to life / Simon Hertnon.
Creator: Simon Hertnon
Subjects: Vocabulary; English language — Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland
Publication Date: 2008
Format: 223 p. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Identifier: ISBN9781869661939