The Etymologicon
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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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0425260798
  • 9780425260791
  • 63,303

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.show more

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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""show more