Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!


As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date! Let’s bring them back!

This month’s word is: HORNSWOGGLE



To cheat or trick.

So when I Googled hornswoggle to get the exact dictionary meaning, I was very surprised to see it’s also the name of a pro-wrestler! I find this fact particularly excellent and if anything, it’s made me like this word even more!

Hornswoggle means to cheat or trick someone. It’s a nineteenth century word so for all of us costume drama fans we might have come across it somewhere before. I grant you, it’s not a word that you can easily get into every day conversation, but you may be able to get it into your writing somewhere. If you do manage to get it into conversation, let me know! I might send you a prize! By the way, if you want to know about the pro-wrestler instead, you can read his wiki entry here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornswoggle

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Katie Ginger

The first thing you need to know about me is, I like gin. Lots and lots of gin.
I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and spend my time working, running around after my kids, walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and writing!

I love history and have a Master’s degree, but have also been lucky enough to work in various castles and museums over the years. I’ve yet to get one of them into a story though – I really must try harder!