The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (HARDBACK)
UK £12.99,Canada $22.50,
UK Publication November 2011
Page Extent 288
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?
The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.
It’s an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.
‘I’m hooked on Forsyth’s book … Crikey, but this is addictive’ Mathew Parris, The Times
‘The Etymologicon contains fascinating facts’ Daily Mail
‘Kudos should go to Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon … Clearly a man who knows his onions, Mr Forsyth must have worked 19 to the dozen, spotting red herrings and unravelling inkhorn terms, to bestow this boon – a work of the first water, to coin a phrase. Daily Telegraph, October 23
‘From Nazis and film buffs to heckling and humble pie, the obscure origins of commonly-used words and phrases are explained.’ Daily Telegraph
'One of the books of the year. It is too enjoyable for words,’ Henry Coningsby, Bookseller, Waterstones Watford
--------------Mark Forsyth is the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon, both adapted for BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Hugh Dennis. The success of his books and blog, The Inky Fool (blog.inkyfool.com), has made him one of the UK’s best-known commentators on words. Mark is on Twitter @inkyfool.
See more books by: Mark Forsyth
Other editions / related titles:
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (EPUB)
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (PDF)
The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language (HARDBACK)
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