The Etymologicon

The Etymologicon : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

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Do 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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  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0425260798
  • 9780425260791
  • 52,762

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"The stocking filler of the 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"

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About Mark Forsyth

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.

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