Language & Literature
Philip Howard’s Lost Words column has been appearing in The Times newspaper for many years. Howard wittily outlines the meanings of some of the obscurer and more esoteric words in the English language. These are words that enrich the language and might otherwise be lost forever – words such as maritality, charientism, sardonian, janiform and faticidal.
Howard is a former literary editor of The Times and is author of many popular works on the English language including Word-Watching; Words Fail Me and A Word in Your Ear.