The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

The Etymologicon

By Mark Forsyth

  • Release Date: 2011-11-03
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Score: 4.5
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Description

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller
'Not since Eats, Shoots & Leaves has a book about language attracted so much attention' Robert McCrum, Observer
What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It's an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

Reviews

  • A deeply enjoyable and informative read

    5
    By Department of Standards and Quality Control (DSQC)
    Forsyth manages to convey his extensive knowledge of etymological connections in a natural and apparently effortless way. His enthusiasm comes across and is bits catching and compelling.

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