The Etymologicon (Hardcover)

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

By Mark Forsyth

Icon Books Company, 9781848313071, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

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

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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.