A fascinating compendium for all fans of the English language. Comprising three parts: Words and Their Meanings that Time Forgot: From the wonderful lexicon of Dr Johnson's Dictionary. These words will delight anyone who is interested in the evolution, humour and eccentricity of the English language. Adopted Words and Where They Came From: A rich selection of the hundreds of words that first came from over a hundred other languages. Proof that English has always befitted from its openness to foreign words. Endangered Words: Terms that used to be common place and understood, but are disappearing from today's English. Together, the book features over three thousand surprising words. Many will be unfamiliar to modern readers, and the history of most will be new. Words change: they immigrate and emigrate. They reflect changing fashions and roam across centuries. This book delves into their origins.