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The Horologicon Audiobook

The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

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Publisher's Summary

Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized. Find yourself pretending to work? That’s fudgelling. And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just don’t get too vinomadefied; a drunk dinner companion is never appreciated. The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the number-one international best seller The Etymologicon comes an audiobook of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Mark Forsyth (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

"A breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words… Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    JPwns 08-23-16
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    "If only there were words to describe Mark Forsyth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horologican to be better than the print version?

    I think WhisperSync would be great for this so you can see and hear the words for better retention.


    Would you recommend The Horologican to your friends? Why or why not?

    My friends aren't interested in these topics but if I found anyone who was I'd definitely bring Mark Forsyth and his books into the conversation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unlike his book on entomology I did need a break from this one but only once. Still a great listen.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 04-02-17
    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 04-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "So nerdy!"

    Great book. I just wish it had an English narrator--Don Hagen does fine (except when reading poetry), but this book has an English author and English sensibility. It doesn't quite work with an American reader.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph D. Chase Gladewater, Texas 03-17-17
    Joseph D. Chase Gladewater, Texas 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny funny fun fun."

    Love all the books by this author. The humor is wonderful. You will love this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    knabstr 05-11-16
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    "Nerd comedy!"
    What did you love best about The Horologican?

    Like his other books, Forsyth's layers fact with fun. The narrator delivers everything in a brilliant 'matter of fact' fashion which makes the comedic elements even more enjoyable.

    For me Forsyth is a MUST LISTEN!

    In order of preference I would rate The Horologicon 3rd/last out of his other 3 audiobooks, but that is not a knock against this volume. Happy listening!


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    P. K. Bellville Galt, CA United States 07-24-17
    P. K. Bellville Galt, CA United States 07-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    As entertaining this audio book is, the author calls it a reference book. Audio books are poor reference books. I wish I had it in print and may in fact buy a print version to use as a source. The humor is dry and British which might be redundant. Anyway, I greatly enjoyed it. The reader is perfect.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    girlie4zuz 12-31-16
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    "Writer and narrator dynamic duo"

    I really like this author, but Don Hagen is the icing on the cake. This is the second book by Mark Forsyth that I've listened. I'm relieved there is someone else who wonders about random trivia, and furthermore consolidates it into one book for those of us who don't have the resources or time to do it ourselves. Don Hagen's relaxed narration is natural and at times comical. I intend to collect all of these books. Others read by Don Hagen were by author David McRaney, which are also very entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    E. Khanine 10-21-15
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    "excellent book, loved it"

    great book and excellent narration. if you love words and their etymology this is it.

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    Nick 08-06-17
    Nick 08-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    Some gems in here but the format doesn't really lend itself to the subject matter as well as some of his other works.

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    Lacy V. 11-19-17
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    "Lots of fun, Loved every minute!"

    I loved the narrator as well as the premise of the book! Loved every minute and picked up some new vocabulary to incorporate into my daily use.

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    HIYBRID 10-09-17
    HIYBRID 10-09-17 Member Since 2009
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    "The humorous life of words."

    I'm always wondering how words happen and along with his book ETYMOLOGICON I now know some of what the author knows. Along with all the authors knowledge of lost words and his snarky sense of humor he tucks his tongue in cheek and spins an enjoyable tale. This is not belly laughter humor, rather a wry chuckle. And now I know what a "snick lifter" is. Who knew??

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