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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

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Description
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. He is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose.


Praise For The Etymologicon

“The stocking filler of the season...how 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

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