The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth audiobook

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

By Mark Forsyth
Read by Don Hagen

9780425260791

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781469090948

  • ISBN: 9781469059402

Runtime: 7.02 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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-tə-‘mä-lä-ji-kän is:

  • Witty wi-tē: Full of clever humor
  • Erudite er-ə-ˌdīt: Showing knowledge
  • Ribald ri-bəld: 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“Crikey...this is addictive!” Times (London)

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Mark Forsyth

Author Bio: Mark Forsyth

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. Forsyth is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English