Just as it has been for the past sixteen years, this page-a-day calendar is a lively review of misplaced expressions, customs and cultural oddities retrieved from the shrubberies of time—your opportunity to keep up with the past. This year’s edition contains gowpenfuls (double handfuls) of terms that would be flagged by Spell-Check, such as trollibags (the intestines), doggerybaw (nonsense), toesmithing (dancing), padinoddy (embarrassment), and gutterblood (a local relative). These titillating morsels of defunct English and folklore were carefully gathered from more than 300 remarkable source books.
Here you can read about Paris’s surprisingly comfortable Bastille, ridiculous American liquor laws, and strange holidays like England’s Kissing Friday, all of which disappeared down Alice’s rabbit-hole long ago. You’ll also find hilarious anecdotes and engaging quotes from Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Winston Churchill, to name a few, along with short biographies and curious saints and their patronages. Discover the origin of the sandwich, the closing of the English theater by the Puritans, and polka history. Vintage line drawings accompany this cornucopia, which makes a great gift.
In the US and Canada, the paper version of the Forgotten English Calendar is available online (September to January only) from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Sellers, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s Books, Calendars.com, Calendar Club, Daedalus Books, Discount Calendars and Books-a-Million as well as many storefront locations. In the UK, look for it online at Amazon.co.uk, Folger Shakespeare Library, Cartoon Museum and at Blackwell’s and WHSmith shops. In Australia and New Zealand, buy from FishPond.com.au and Calendar Club.