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

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9781469059402: The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

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-tə-'ma-la-ji-kan is: Witty wi-tē Full of clever humor Erudite er-ə-ˌdīt: Showing knowledge Ribald ri-bəld: Crude, offensiveThe 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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About the Author :

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. Forsyth is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose. He lives in the United Kingdom.



Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.

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''I'm hooked on Forsyth's book, Crikey, but this is addictive'' --Matthew Parris, The Times

''This year's must-have stocking filler - the angel on the top of the tree, the satsuma in the sock, the threepenny bit in the plum pudding, the essential addition to the library in the smallest room is Mark Forsyth's The Etymologicon.'' --Ian Sansom, Guardian

''Kudos should go to Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon - Clearly a man who knows his onions, Mr Forsyth must have worked 19 to the dozen, spotting red herrings and unravelling inkhorn terms, to bestow this boon - a work of the first water, to coin a phrase.'' --Daily Telegraph, October 23

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