‘I was hooked.’ Matthew Parris selects The Etymologicon as a Book of the Year in the Spectator

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Matthew Parris, left – who has already made his love of the book clear in his column in The Times – elects The Etymologicon as one of his Books of the Year in the Spectator today:

‘‘What,’ asks the blurb for The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth (Icon, £12.99), ‘is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?’ Depending on whether words interest you, you’ve either switched off already, or you’re hooked. I was hooked.’

Read the piece on the Spectator website here and there’s more about the book here.