The Etymologicon (Digital Audiobook)

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

By Mark Forsyth, Don Hagen (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 31, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/2/2012)
Compact Disc (11/14/2014)
Hardcover (11/1/2011)
Paperback (11/3/2016)
Compact Disc (11/14/2014)

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?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) 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.