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
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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.

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User Review  - krazykiwi - LibraryThing

Mark Forsyth’s Etymologicon is exactly the kind of smart funny distraction I needed after wading through the romance novel box set from hell. I’ve read this before, and it’s followup, but there’s so ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

A superb little book. Consistently interesting with lots of jokes and a certain manic headlong rush. His explanation of the word 'partridge' is particularly fine. I think etymologicons should be a new genre, defined as a circular stroll through the hidden connections of a language. 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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