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review 2017-05-22 00:00
Horologicon - Mark Forsyth Author, [a:Mark Forsyth|3234647|Mark Forsyth|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1354096280p2/3234647.jpg], warns readers against consuming [b:The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language|15731829|The Horologicon A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language|Mark Forsyth|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1347799720s/15731829.jpg|21412078] start-to-finish, cautioning that:
If you do, Hell itself will hold no horrors for you, and neither the author nor his parent company will accept liability for any suicides, gun rampages or crazed nudity that may result. However, given that the words are organized by hour of the day (hence the title), as opposed to alphabetically, this should be taken with a grain of salt. [I read it through, and I'm fine…ish]

I love words: learning about them, using them, reading them— and, though this wasn't my favorite volume of lexicographic delight, there are some real gems in there. Since I’m short on time, I’ll just give you three terms that I hope to see (hear?) resurrected within my lifetime— they certainly seem relevant these days...
Paralipsis is the practice of mentioning that you’re not mentioning something, and saying what you’re not saying (p. 234).
The technical term for a dishonest politician is a snollygoster. Well, all right, it may not be the technical term, but it is the best one. The OED defines snollygoster as ‘A shrewd, unprincipled person, esp. a politician’ (p. 9).
Ultracrepidarianism is ‘giving opinions on subjects that you know nothing about’, and is thus a terribly useful word (p. 59).
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review 2017-01-02 09:11
the Horologicon
Horologicon - Mark Forsyth

I absolutely love Mark Forsyth's books and this one was the last one I had of his to read.  Its focus in on the lost words of the English language and he's broken it down into a parody, of sorts, of a book of hours.  We start at 6 a.m. and learn about the words applicable to dawn and waking up, then proceed to travel through the day of work, lunch, shopping, and socialising, ending up in bed at midnight.  All done with Forsyth's trademark humour.


Ultimately, I didn't love it as much as his other two books, the Entymologicon and the The Elements of Eloquence but it was still excellent and I highly recommend it for those that just love words.


He's also got a new book out, A Christmas Cornucopia : The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions, which is, of course, on my To Buy list.

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text 2016-12-15 10:47
Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 286 pages.
Horologicon - Mark Forsyth

At page 4 I knew I was going to love this book, at page 5 I knew MT was going to be screwed because there was NO way he was going to avoid hearing all the good bits.  Mark Forsyth starts off with a bang with:


FEAGUE; To feague a horse; to put ginger up a horse's fundament, and formally, as it is said, a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said that a forfeit is incurred by any horse dealer's servant, who shall show a horse without first feaguing him.


Next time you see a horse stepping lively you might try not to imagine ginger and eels. 


As some of you might remember, I'm trying to single handedly bring back the obscure word nackle-ass and to this goal I'm adding at least one more term that desperately needs to regain its prominence in our vocabularies:


SNOLLYGOSTER:  A shrewd, unprincipled person, esp. a politician... A fellow who wants office, regardless of party, platform or principles, and who, whenever he wins, gets there by the sheer force of monumental talknophical assumnacy. 


Sound like anyone we know?  I say down with nackle-assed snollygosters!!


And up with Mark Forsyth's Horologicon. 13 pages in and it's 5 stars already!

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text 2016-01-21 06:54
Holy Bag of Books Batman! (TBR Thursday, January 21, Part 1)
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London - Judith Flanders
The Counterfeit Heiress - Tasha Alexander
The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives: A Mystery - Blaize Clement,John Clement
Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble - Mignon F. Ballard
Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause - Mignon F. Ballard
An Inquiry Into Love and Death - Simone St. James
Austenland - Shannon Hale
Horologicon - Mark Forsyth
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Lexicon of Life Hacks for the Modern Lady Geek - Sam Maggs
Marked Fur Murder (A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Mystery) - Dixie Lyle

So I came home to find this waiting for me on Tuesday:


My bookoutlet.com order arrived!  From the USA via Belgium if the bag and tag are to be believed.  In addition to the new-to-me goodies listed above, I got three more: 2 Illona Andrews books I've read but don't own (Magic Bites and Magic Bleeds), and an upgrade from ebook to hardback of Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs.


None of the books were more than $3 each, which is good, because there's no way I could afford the shipping costs otherwise - especially with the side jaunt to Belgium it took.  



Is anything better than coming home to a load of new books just waiting for you?  Well, yes, there are a few things better, but precious few. 

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review 2013-10-04 13:07
The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language - Mark Forsyth

bookshelves: fradio, radio-4, winter-20122013, nonfiction, published-2012

Read from November 30 to December 08, 2012



The Etymologicon was last year's surprise runaway bestseller. The author has now assembled The Horologicon, or book of hours, to delight his audience with a feast of words appropriate to a precise moment of the day.

Written by Mark Forsyth Read by Hugh Dennis Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio4

Theme tune is Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre

4* The Etymologicon
3* The Horologicon


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