This volume is intended to be a contribution to a special branch of the study of our own language. It proposes to trace in a popular manner and for general readers the changes of meaning which so many of its words have undergone; words which, as current with us as they were with out forefathers, yet meant something different on their lips from what they mean on ours.
Richard Chenevix Trench was an Anglican archbishop and poet. In 1856 Trench became Dean of Westminster Abbey. In January 1864 he was advanced to the post of Archbishop of Dublin
The Reverend Abram Smythe Palmer was a doctor of divinity, lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, and enthusiastic lexicographer and mythographer.