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

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Icon Books, Nov 3, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

What a fun look at language and where words and phrases come from. Connections abound in this book, which is surprisingly engaging for an in-depth study of English language. Recommended, and not just for hard-core linguists. Read full review

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User Review  - GeoffSC - LibraryThing

I used this as my waiting room book. You can pick it up any time, read as much or alittle as you want. It's always interesting. It's a fascinating romp through the english language, finding where words come from, linking them in strange ways. Excellent and enjoyable. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he's ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, has been to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week.

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