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

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Icon Books Limited, Nov 3, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
'Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent.

'Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history.' William Leith, Evening Standard.

The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language.

What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words is a classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere.

'Highly recommended' Spectator.

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User Review  - PDCRead - LibraryThing

I like books on words and language, and lots of them that I have read can be a bit dry. But this one isn't. Forsyth has a way with words that makes you smile, and in this book he leads the reader on a ... Read full review

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User Review  - ashleytylerjohn - LibraryThing

Listened to the introduction and about 2 minutes of the first chapter on Audible ... this may be easier to take in written form, but as a read-aloud it was torture. In the intro he jokes about ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he's ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, has been to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week.

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