An encyclopaedia? A dictionary? An almanac? An anthology? A lexicon? A treasury? A commonplace? An amphigouri? A vade-mecum?
Well… yes. Schott’s Original Miscellany is all of these and, of course, more.
Schott’s Original Miscellany is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. Its purpose is to gather the flotsam and jetsam of the conversational tide. Importantly, Schott’s Original Miscellany makes very few claims to be exhaustive, authoritative, or even practical. It does, however, claim to be essential. It is, perhaps, possible to live one’s life without Schott’s Original Miscellany, but it seems a curious and brave thing to attempt.
The Contents of the Original Index
A for ’orses | Abracadabra | Acronyms, social | Aga | Airport marshalling signals | Alchemy | Alcohol measures | Amendments, US Constitution | Anatole’s dishes | Anglo-Indian words | Animal ages | Anniversaries, wedding | Anthem, national | Antiquarian book abbrevs | Antiquarian paper sizes | Apocalypse, Four Horsemen | Apostles | Apothecaries’ conversions | Arab League | Ark specifications | Art styles | Asimov’s Laws of Robotics | Astronomers Royal | Atmospheric layers | Auld Lang Syne | Averages | BA results slang | Baker Street Irregulars | Ballet terms | Ballistic missiles, ranges | Battles, Creasy’s Decisive | Beatles, UK No. 1s | Beatles, Sgt. Pepper cover | Beaufort Scale | Bed sizes | Beeton, Mrs | Belgians, notable | Betting odds slang | Bible, books of | Bierce, Ambrose | Big Mac | Bikini | Bingo calls | Birthstones | Bishops’ signatures | Blood group compatibility | Bloody Mary | Bloomsbury | Blue light users | Boat Race | Boatswain’s calls | Bond, James Bond | Bonsai tree terminology | Boutros-Ghali, Boutros | Bow tie, how to tie | Boxing weight limits | Bra sizes, measuring | Braille, Louis | Brontë siblings | Burmese Kings, curious deaths | Caffeine | Calendar, Revolutionary | Canasta scoring | Cannon, orders to fire | Canvas sizes, C19th | Capital cities | Cardinal virtues | Carrick, HRH | Carry On films | Castrati | Cat’s eye colour | Cats, famous owners | Caviar | Chat room acronyms | Chatham House Rule | Chemical acronyms | Chess terms | Chiltern Hundreds | Chinese encyclopaedia | Chinese Zodiac | Christmas, No.1 singles, UK | Christmas, Twelve days of | Chronograms | Churchill & rhetoric | Cinque Ports | Clause IV | Clothing-care symbols | Clothing conversions | Cloud types | Clubs, London | Cockney rhyming slang | Coffee shop slang | Coin specification, English | Colour spectrum | Colour symbolism, heraldic | Column types, classical | Commandments, Ten | Compass points | Compound plurals | Compounds, chemical | Compulsory-voting, counties | Confused words | Conkers, scoring | Contradictanyms | Conversions, metric | Cooking temperatures | Cotton measures | Creasy’s Decisive Battles | Cricket, dismissals | Cricket, fielding positions | Cricket, Test nations | Currency, pre-decimal | Dante’s Inferno | Dating abbreviations | Deadly sins | Decathlon events | Decibels | DEFCON | Deities | Demon’s Dictionary, Bierce’s | Dentition, adult | Deposit libraries | Dewey Decimal classification | Dice odds | Disputations | Divination techniques | Doctors Who | Dogs, famous owners | Draconian | Driving on left, countries | Drought | Duelling code | Dwarves, seven | Earth, specifications | Egg sizes | Elections, post-war UK | Electrical data | Emoticons | Empire State Building, colours | E-numbers | Envelope sizes | Eponymous foods | Eponymous words | Erinyes | Eteostichons | Euclidean axioms | Euro note specifications | Falconry, hierarchy | Firework categories | Fitzroy, Captain Robert | Flowers, language of | Fonts, Miscellany | Football, English teams | Football, World Cup | Freemasonry, hierarchy of | French, commonplace | Freud | Fruit stones, counting | Furies | Gentlemen’s clubs | German, commonplace | Glasgow Coma Scale | Glove sizes | Gods | Golf, club nomenclature | Golf, stroke nomenclature | Government, systems | Grand National winners | Grand Pontiff | Greeneland | Guadeloupe, flag of | Gulliver’s travels | Hampton Court maze | Hat Tax | Haydn symphonies, named | Hazchem warning plates | Henry VIII, wives | Hepburn, Audrey | Heraldic colour symbolism | Hercules, labours | Holalphabetic sentences | Horne, Round The | Horsepower | Horses, famous | Hunting open seasons | I love you | Ice, thin | Iceberg classification | Index | Irish Code Duello | Ivy League | Jesters | Johnson, Dr | Jury service | Kerning | Kings and Queens | Kiribati, flag of | Knights of the Round Table | Knitting abbreviations | Land’s End to John o’ Groats | Language of flowers | Last words, famous | Latin, abbreviations | Latin, commonplace | Left-handers | Letter traits | Ligatures | Lines, London Underground | Lines, palmistry | Linnaean classification | Livery Companies, precedence | Living things, characteristics | Llanfair PG | London, and the army | London, clubs | London, Underground Lines | Love you, how to say | Lucasian Professors | Magpies | Marple, Miss | Martini | Maze, Hampton Court | Medical shorthand | Medical terms | Metre, definition | MI5 &c. | Military hierarchy | Misspelled words | Mohs scale | Monarchs, English | Monday’s child | Money slang | Mormon, books of | Morse code | Mourning, Victorian | Murders | Muses | Musical terminology | National Anthem | NATO countries | NATO phonetic alphabet | Naval time keeping | Naval toasts | Newspaper history, national | Nicknames, TMS | Nobel Prize winners | Noble gases | Notifiable diseases | Nouns of assemblage | Nuclear powers | OPEC members | Open seasons, hunting | Orchestra schematic | Palindromes | Palmistry lines | Pangrams | Pantagruel’s labours | Paper, A sizes | Paper, antiquarian sizes | Passport wording, British | Patron Saints | Pencil hardness | pH | Philatelic glossary | Philosophical quotations | Phobias | Phonetic digits | Pi | Pig Latin Hamlet | Planet & satellite names | Planets | Platonic solids | Plimsoll Line | Poets Laureate | Poker hands | Polari | Polo chukkas | Polygons | Popstar deaths, untimely | Postal acronyms, wwii | Prefixes | Presidential inauguration | Presidents of the USA | Prime Ministers, British | Prime numbers | Pronunciations, curious | Proverbially, you can’t | Proverbs, contradictory | Proverbs, weather | Public school slang | Queen, suppliers to | Radio 10 codes | Rationing, WWII | Record sales | Reindeer | Revolutionary calendar | Rhetoric | Riot Act | RNID, history & hand signs | Robotics, Asimov’s Laws of | Roman numerals | Royal Parks | Rugby Union positions | Sandringham time | Sari, how to wrap | Scottish war cries | Scoville Scale | Seabreeze | Seas, seven | Second, definition | Sesquipedalian | Sgt. Pepper | Shakespeare, insults | Shakespeare, plays | Sherlock Holmes | Shipping, forecast areas | Shipping, publications to be carried | Shoelace length | Sign language | Slang, BA results | Slang, betting odds | Slang, Cockney rhyming | Slang, coffee shop | Slang, money | Slang, public school | Slang, US diner | Sneezing | Solomon Grundy | Sound levels | Specifications, Miscellany | Spectrum, colour | St Andrews, Rector | Statue of Liberty | Sumó | Surname pronunciations | Sushi | Swimming pool, Olympic | Telephone exchange codes | Temperature conversion | Ten Commandments | Test Match Special nicknames | Thames crossings | ‘Thirty days’ | Thriftiness, Tusser on | Titanic, dining aboard | Tongue twisters | Tugs of war | TV, country standards | TV, definitions | Typographical terms | U and Non-U | Ug | un Secretaries-General | Underground, Lines of | Union Flag, colour spec | Union Flag, official flying | Upgrade, how to get | US, banknotes | US, Constitution amendments | US, diner slang | US, Postal Service motto | US, Presidents | Variations and disputations | Victorian mourning | Vole covered in glitter | Vowels in alphab. order | Wandering hands trouble | War cries, Scottish | Washing symbols | Weather forecast areas | Weather proverbs | Wedding anniversaries | Wedding superstitions | Wildean paradoxes | Window tax | Winds | Wine bottle nomenclature | Wire gauges, metric | Wise Men, three | Wonders of the world | Wooster, Bertie | Word pairings | Word-game words | Words, confused | Words, eponymous | Words, from other languages | Words, long | Words, misspelled | Words, vowels in alphab. order | World Cup football | WWII postal acronyms | Yiddish | Yuppies | Zodiac, Chinese | Zodiac dates | Zugzwang | These are the index entries for the UK edition; other editions differ.