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The Etymologicon

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

Mark Forsyth, Don Hagen (Read by)

Compact Disc

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/31/2014)
Paperback (10/2/2012)
Hardcover (11/1/2011)
Compact Disc (4/1/2014)
MP3 CD (4/1/2014)
Paperback (11/3/2016)

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?-'m -l -ji-k n) 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.

Gildan Media Corporation, 9781469090948

Publication Date: April 1, 2014