The Etymologicon

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The Etymologicon

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

By Mark Forsyth

Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425260791, 279pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

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?-'mA-lA-ji-kAn) 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 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.

Praise For The Etymologicon

“The stocking filler of the else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and Mein Kampf.”--The Observer

“Crikey...this is addictive!”--The Times

“Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions.”--Daily Telegraph