Well, Mr Jacot de Bionod has done it again. His new book, entitled The Wonder of Whiffling is a mine, once more, of the kind of information you never imagined you needed and, once it's acquired, will wonder how you lived without.
To put you in the mood, here are three questions that only this book can answer:
A parnel is:
a) a species of seabird
b) a priest's mistress
c) the lining of a cassock
To call pigs to their food, a 19th century Irish farmer would say
c) poa poa
An applesquire is
a) the son of a cider-maker
b) an orchard's bookkeeper
c) the male servant of a prostitute
If you'd like the know the answers to these, along with a host of other lexical wonders, I wholeheartedly recommend The Wonder of Whiffling.