Do you know the origin of the modern word skates, or what a quacksalver was? Have you ever known anyone who was forswunke? These are but a few of the forty-eight lost or 'misplaced' Old English words that linguist and historian Jeffrey Kacirk has gathered for this deck of Knowledge Cards. In learning what these archaic words mean, we also discover the roots and origins of modern-day words and expressions—all the while adding some robust language to our own vocabulary. Each card in this deck presents a word on one side and its definition on the other, making for a collection that is far from blash!
Each card has a piquant word or phrase on one side, with its translation or explanation on the other. Expand your vocabulary and understanding with this enlightening, stress-free compilation.
Click on the small picture for a sample card.