The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
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,... show more
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.
Publish date: 2011-11-03
Publisher: Icon Books
Pages no: 252
Edition language: English
This book took me FOREVER to finish, and not because it was bad, boring or dense. It took me forever because I couldn't read more than a paragraph without having to stop and read it aloud to MT, much to his amusement and increasing irritation, so I found myself avoiding it for stretches at a time s...
Mark Forsyth’s Etymologicon is exactly the kind of smart funny distraction I needed after wading through the romance novel box set from hell. I’ve read this before, and it’s followup, but there’s so very much packed into them, that I can and probably will read them a dozen more times. This is effe...
bookshelves: published-2011, radio-4, winter-20112012, nonfiction Read from December 21 to 23, 2011 THEME TUNE _ Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The GrapevineAbridged by Jane Marshall.A circular stroll through the fascinating and amusing connections of the English language by the author of the...
Entertaining and informative, although someone that isn't interested in etymology might find it somewhat dull. It's not dry at all though, plenty of jokes and witty commentary throughout.
I like books on words and language, and lots of them that I have read can be a bit dry. But this one isn't.Forsyth has a way with words that makes you smile, and in this book he leads the reader on a meander through the words and phrases of the English language. Each mini chapter leads onto the next...