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    The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Paperback) By (author) Mark Forsyth

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    DescriptionDo you know why... ...a mortgage is literally a death pledge? ...why guns have girls' names? ...why salt is related to soldier? You're about to find out... The Etymologicon (e-t?-'ma-la-ji-kan) is: *Witty (wi-te): Full of clever humor*Erudite (er-?-dit): Showing knowledge*Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensive "The Etymologicon "is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: how you get from "gruntled" to "disgruntled"; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers "money for salt"; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.


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    Title
    The Etymologicon
    Subtitle
    A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Forsyth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 279
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780425260791
    ISBN 10: 0425260798
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: CFF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A21200000
    DC21: 422
    DC22: 422
    Abridged Dewey: 422
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LAN024000
    B&T Approval Code: A22300000
    LC classification: PE1574 .F67 2012
    Thema V1.0: CFF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    02 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter, and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. He is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose.
    Review quote
    "The stocking filler of the season...how else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and "Mein Kampf"."--"The Observer""Crikey...this is addictive!"--"The Times""Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions."--"Daily Telegraph"