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Since 2013, Haggard Hawks has been tweeting and blogging about obscure words and their origins. This new website now 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; browse the new Haggard Hawks Instagram galleries—or just get in touch!


Latest news


The latest HH book, Around The World In 80 Words, arrived in UK bookshops in October 2018—and, after long last, the HH yearbook of forgotten word, The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities, landed in the USA and Canada in November 2019. Don’t despair, US readers—Around The World will be with you as early as March 2020 too...


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.


It’s also a year since HH spread our wings into podcasting—so for something a little bit new and a little bit different different, head over to yesorbs.com to find out more.

Yes or BS is a new game, blog, and podcast from Paul and the rest of the HH clan, in which the facts and trivia are not always as they seem. What you read or hear might be entirely true, or it might be complete BS—it’s up to you to play the game and find out whether you’re right or not. To keep track of all things Yes and all things BS, track down the website here, and be sure to follow the @yes_or_BS Twitter feed here.  

And, as always, keep an eye on the HH Twitter, @HaggardHawks, and your inboxes for more HH news coming very soon.

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Popular blogs


“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.”