The Etymologicon

The Etymologicon

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

eBook - 2011
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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.

Publisher: London : Icon, 2011
ISBN: 9781848313200
1848313209
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 252 p.)

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gsheskay
Jul 13, 2015

This book is for fans of language, trivia or just plain everyday life. Mark Forsyth is an erudite an cheeky guide to the origins of language. The entries are well researched but also short and snappy enough to avoid being too dry.

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