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The Disappearing Dictionary: a Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words

By David Crystal

Macmillan, £12.99, 320 pages, hardback

Picture the scene: you just dropped something this issue of History Revealed, let’s say – down a crack in the floor. Depending on which part of Britain you hail from, there are many ways to express what’s happened. You may say it’s a ‘jubbity’ (an unfortunate difficulty), or you may refer to the gap as a ‘squinch’ (a narrow space). These are just two of the words from Crystal’s anthology of vanishing words and phrases, which offer charming, idiosyncratic windows into the ways of our ancestors and, therefore, should not be forgotten.

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