The Etymologicon (Compact Disc)

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

By Mark Forsyth, Don Hagen (Read by)

Gildan Media Corporation, 9781469090948

Publication Date: November 14, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/31/2014)
Paperback (10/2/2012)
Compact Disc (11/14/2014)
Hardcover (11/1/2011)
Paperback (11/3/2016)

List Price: 40.00*
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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-tə-'ma-la-ji-kan is: Witty wi-tē Full of clever humor Erudite er-ə-ˌdīt: Showing knowledge Ribald ri-bəld: Crude, offensiveThe 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.