Hi! I’m Paul Anthony Jones. But you probably know me better as Haggard Hawks. I’m a writer and language blogger, and the author of eight books about language and etymology: word origins guide Haggard Hawks (2013); its sequel Jedburgh Justice (2014); language trivia book Word Drops (2015); The Accidental Dictionary (2016); language yearbook The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities (2017); etymological journey Around the World in 80 Words (2018); and The Cabinet of Calm (2020), a collection of hopeful and inspiring words. If you want to know more about me or have any questions about me or my work, head to paulanthonyjones.com for more information.
Haggard Hawks is a Twitter and Instagram feed, website and blog dedicated to obscure words, language trivia, and etymological stories. All the words you read about here are genuine—it’s the aim of HH to pull our language’s most intriguing words and phrases out of obscurity.
I first became interested in language as a kid, when I was given a dictionary for Christmas and sat and read it cover to cover. (Yes, I was that kind of kid.) The interest in language that that sparked has never gone away: I have a degree in English language and a Masters in linguistics from the University of Newcastle. Now, I put all those years of study to good use in the most fun and unexpected way imaginable—writing books, articles, tweets and blogposts about language, etymology, and obscure words.
Haggard Hawks itself fluttered into life back in 2013, alongside the release of word origins book Haggard Hawks & Paltry Poltroons. (FYI, haggard is one of those words we owe to falconry, hence the name.)
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