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.
©2012 Mark Forsyth (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
“The stocking filler of the season...how else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and Mein Kampf.” (The Observer)
“Crikey...this is addictive!” (The Times)
I listen to this book over and over as one would do with a favorite song. I love words, and the fabric this book weaves is fantastic.
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