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

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


By (author) Mark Forsyth

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 279 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0425260798
  • ISBN 13: 9780425260791
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 50,113

Product description

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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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.

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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"