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Publisher Description

**THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**

'Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent.

'Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history.' William Leith, Evening Standard.

The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath 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?

Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words is a classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere.

'Highly recommended' Spectator.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2011
3 November
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Icon Books Ltd
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

PurcellAndTheSausage ,

Worth Every Penny,Pfennig,Cent,Peso etc etc…

Excellent and Amusing and Knowledge Expanding and Probably Fifty Five Other Descriptions Using Words I Don’t Know Yet…..

Original Nifty ,

A deeply enjoyable and informative read

Forsyth manages to convey his extensive knowledge of etymological connections in a natural and apparently effortless way. His enthusiasm comes across and is bits catching and compelling.

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