Back in Victorian Dublin a man bet he could get everyone in the city using a brand new word within 24 hours. He won the bet by having four letters scrawled all over Dublin's walls that night!  Next morning everyone was pointing at the letters, saying them out loud and asking what it was!  The letters were Q U I and Z.  He had created the word QUIZ - which is why we use the word now to describe competitions where someone says, "What is...?"

Peter Ryding, author of the 'Well, I Never Knew That!' books, made a similar bet!  To create a brand new word and get it into the dictionary!  

This, he says, turned into a gargantuan project: tracking down and linking the most intriguing, fascinating and funny origins of everyday phrases and names in the English language. All the boring phrases, he says, have been thrown away!  

And that's how this series of books came about!  When Peter's friends read his books, they often said "Well, I never knew that!" - and the name for the series, and for the campaign (WINKT being the acronym), was born!  So this is the word - WINKT!


So we need you to help us finish our story!  All you need to do is send us an e-mail including your name and using an e-mail address where we can contact you.  E-mail us at with your name and we'll add your name to the campaign!!  It costs you nothing and you automatically become a privileged member of the WINKT Club!  The more names we get for our petition the better.  When we get enough, you know you will have played a part in creating a BRAND NEW WORD in the English language!  In fact, if we get enough, we may even get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most requested word ever!!
And please tell all your friends to e-mail us too!

Anyone can register. There is no age restriction. However, if you wish to make purchases of our books and gifts when our on-line shop is functioning, you will need to  use a credit or debit card. If you are under 18, please ask an adult to pay on your behalf! Membership lasts for 12 months.