Peninsula writer provides assortment of words, fantastic art

Ashley S. Crofoot

PORT TOWNSEND — Froonce: To frolic exuberantly with sound and electricity.

Eyeservant: A man or woman who performs only when an individual is seeing.

Scaramouch: A braggart who is secretly a coward.

These are a couple of entries in Joe Gillard’s “The Tiny Ebook of Dropped Text,” a colorfully illustrated compendium
of phrases folks used back in the 16th by way of 20th centuries.

Gillard, who life on a farm outdoors Chimacum with his spouse, novelist and educator Nicole Persun, calls himself “a phrase nerd and a record buff” who investigated “Lost Words” in university libraries, on the online and in employed bookstores.

He and Persun transpire to be fond of the 17th century Scottish term flype.

In accordance to Gillard’s reserve, it suggests “to roll up your socks in advance of putting them on,” or “to fold socks within out in pairs,” or just “to fold anything back again.”

As he does with each individual lost-and-discovered term, Gillard gives an case in point of how to insert flype in a sentence: “He was forty a long time old, but his mom however flyped his socks and laid them next to his folded underwear.”

The creator hopes audience will just have a minor enjoyment with this.

The archaic terms explained a assortment of precise feelings and behaviors, Gillard said, and some could occur in useful now.

How about groke, 1800s Scottish dialect this means to gaze eagerly at anyone taking in, hoping they’ll give you some of their food?

Or gongoozler, 20th century English slang for a human being who stares and spectates instead of collaborating?

To illustrate the peculiar phrases, Gillard uses high-quality artwork from equivalent eras: Froonce, for instance, has beside it the circa-1772 painting “Three Dancing Nymphs and a Reclining Cupid in a Landscape” attributed to Antonio Zucchi.

Acquiring permissions for scores of paintings was “definitely the toughest element of the system,” Gillard said.

He worked with institutions these kinds of as the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York Town — the place, he happily experiences, his e-book is out there in the gift store.

Gillard is also a multi-tasker. His working day task is at Centrum, exactly where he orchestrates advertising and internet marketing for events these as the Ukulele Workshop Sept. 11-12 and the Artistic Aging Conference on Dec. 10.

On line, he’s creator of, a platform with lists, videos, posts, quizzes and teacher means for heritage buffs. The internet site and its social media internet pages — Fb, Instagram, Pinterest — have more than 600,000 followers, Gillard mentioned.

His literary agent has expressed interest in a further word reserve, he additional, and if he have been to embark on these kinds of a challenge, he’d want to do a lot more discovering of languages beyond English.

Gillard sees publishing as a way to broaden the History Hustle manufacturer.

Writer branding is however a different curiosity, and Gillard is slated to give a presentation on the topic all through the San Miguel Literary Sala, a writers’ convention later this month from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

He and Persun experienced to begin with planned to journey there. Rather, the conference will be on the net at

The existence of a author-marketer-internet site creator is a mixture of two phrases from “Lost Text,” most likely: currently being a quaintrelle, 19th century English for somebody whose existence is total of passion, leisure and satisfaction, and staying quanked, again 1800s dialect for fatigued or fatigued from challenging do the job.


Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be achieved at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]

“Fabulosity” is a single of the entries, illustrated by a detail of Alexandre Cabanel’s portray “Florentine Poet,” in Joe Gillard’s “The Minor Book of Shed Words and phrases.”

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