The Etymologicon

The Etymologicon

A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

Book - 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.



Baker & Taylor
Explores the interesting and surprising connections between words in the English language, including how one can go from being "gruntled" to "disgruntled" and what salaries have to do with salt.

Baker
& Taylor

Unauthorized guide to the underpinnings of the English language.
The writer behind the popular and humorous blog Inky Fool explores the interesting and surprising connections between words in the English language, including how one can go from being “gruntled” to “disgruntled” and what salaries have to do with salt. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2012, c2011
Edition: Berkley trade pkk. ed
ISBN: 9780425260791
Characteristics: xvii, 279 p. ; 20 cm

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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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