The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
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?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) 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.


About Mark Forsyth

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Mark Forsyth is the creator of Inky Fool, a blog about the strange connections between words. He lives in the U.K.
Published November 3, 2011 by Icon Books Ltd. 275 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Inky Fool blogger Forsyth debuts with a breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words.

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The Bookbag

It’s not all remote, either – some things I’ve heard before, from other language books or from linguistics courses, reappears which reassured me that the new things I’m reading are also true, if you see what I mean, and not just the creative imaginations of a witty writer.

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DON’T be put off by the wordy (pun intended) title, The Etymologicon is an accessible, readable, funny look at the origin of words and the humorous links between ancient meanings and modern-day language.

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