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

Author(s): Mark Forsyth


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.

2011. First edition. A very good copy only marked by age tanning to the edges and a small sticker shadow to the rear board.


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'I'm hooked on Forsyth's book - Crikey, but this is addictive' - Mathew Parris, The Times 'The Etymologicon contains fascinating facts' - Daily Mail 'Kudos should go to Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon - Clearly a man who knows his onions, Mr Forsyth must have worked 19 to the dozen, spotting red herrings and unravelling inkhorn terms, to bestow this boon - a work of the first water, to coin a phrase. - Daily Telegraph, October 23 'From Nazis and film buffs to heckling and humble pie, the obscure origins of commonly-used words and phrases are explained.' - Daily Telegraph 'One of the books of the year. It is too enjoyable for words,' - Henry Coningsby, Bookseller, Waterstones Watford

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781848313071
  • : Icon Books Ltd
  • : Icon Books Ltd
  • : October 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2012
  • : books

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