- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: The London Sound Survey (1 Nov. 2016)
- ISBN-10: 1527201600
- ISBN-13: 978-1527201606
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Honk, Conk and Squacket: Fabulous and Forgotten Sound-Words from a Vanished Age of Listening Paperback – 1 Nov 2016
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ARE YOU the audile sort who can tell the difference between a bottle-bump and a gabbleratchet? Have you been kept awake by a box of toys from a randivoose, schlemozzle, callithump, or even a bobbery-pack? Or has a dose of the old gin-and-fog made you all reasty-cropped and gurragh like a hinchinarfer? The answers are in the pages of 'Honk, Conk and Squacket', a unique collection of over 1,500 forgotten and obscure sound-words found in Victorian county dialect surveys and a host of other old sources from across the English-speaking world. There are strange and noisy apparitions from folklore, sonorous rural names for animals and their calls, bizarre instruments and inventions, and the slangs of thieves and the music hall. Taken together, they make the case that people in the past paid more attention to the sounds around them than we do today. The book also has a gazetteer, showing which words came from which places, and an extensive bibliography. It makes an ideal gift for word-collectors, local historians, anyone who works with sound, and all those who simply love to listen.