Synopses & Reviews
As times change so do the things we use and what we call them. W.R. Runyan has compiled a fascinating collection of words and phrases that, once common everywhere in America, are little known today. This book is a celebration of our linguistic past that will be a treat from word lovers everywhere. Do you know any of these: Snaffle, Steelie, Gully Washer, Cabriolet, Calk, Hardpan, Carbuncle, Pie Bird, Fid, or Hame? Did you know that a “Horse Apple” is actually an orange? Or that “Rolley Holley” is a marble game? With over one hundred illustrations, this is a book that will take you on a walk back in time and give you a chance to hear from generations past—in their own voice, with their own words.
A celebration of unknown and little-known words and phrases once in common use all over America.
About the Author
W. R. Runyan grew up in Oklahoma during the horse-powered era. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy and was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. He is now retired and lives in Dallas, Texas.