The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark ForsythThe Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

byMark Forsyth

Paperback | October 2, 2012

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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?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) 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.

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter, and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. He is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose.
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Title:The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.02 × 0.77 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425260798

ISBN - 13:9780425260791

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“The stocking filler of the season...how else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and Mein Kampf.”--The Observer

“Crikey...this is addictive!”--The Times

“Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions.”--Daily Telegraph