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Since 2013, Haggard Hawks has been tweeting and blogging about obscure words and their origins. This website brings the entire HH network together under one online roof. Here you can read the blog, to find out the stories behind the strangest words from the HH Twitter feed; browse the HH library of word books; play our fiendish word and language quizzes and games; click through the new Haggard Hawks Instagram galleries—or just get in touch. 

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COMING SOON ... THE CABINET OF CALM

It’s been three years since we opened The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities, and now we’re back with The Cabinet of Calm—a collection of typically HH-style unusual and obscure words, this time intended to provide a little solace, comfort, and reassurance in difficult times.

Each of the 50 chapters here are dedicated to one of the troubles of the modern world and the human condition, from grief and despair, to worries about the environment and the future of the planet. And attached to each of those troubles is a word that it’s hoped will give you some reassuring and calmative food for thought in troubling times. Click HERE for more information about The Cabinet of Calm, or click HERE to pre-order a copy ahead of release this May!

AROUND THE WORLD – US EDITION

American fans and followers, the long wait is finally over! The new HH guide to words derived from place names—Around the World in 80 Words—arrives in US bookshops and online retailers on 13 April 2020. Click here to find out all about it, and read a sample chapter.  Or click HERE to order a copy now!

PAPERBACK EDITIONS

Thanks to the lovely guys at Elliott & Thompson, three of the HH back catalogue of word books—Word Drops, The Accidental Dictionary, and The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities—are now available as a beautiful matching trio of paperbacks. Click through to the Books page here for more information on all three titles.

Popular blogs

Tholtan

“A tholtan is a ruined or dilapidated cottage or farmhouse. If you think that word doesn’t look all that English, you’d be right: tholtan is one of a handful of a words we’ve picked up from Manx, the Celtic-origin language of the Isle of Man.”