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.
I loved this book! ...every nerdy word!! I've always been fascinated by our language and how it came to be, and this book answered so many of my questions. Who would have ever thought the word (office) "pool" originated with the French word for "chicken?" Now I know along with the answers to how a hundred others words came to be!
this is one of the best books i have ever listened to as it is very informative and full with linguistic knowledge ..
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