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

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

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Written By: Mark Forsyth       
Narrated By: Don Hagen
Date: 31 March 2014
Duration: 07:03:00

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History World

| 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-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.

| Author

Mark Forsyth

Mark Forsyth (born 2 April 1977) is a writer whose work concerns the meaning and etymology of English words.

He is the author of best-selling books The Etymologicon, The Horologicon, and The Elements of Eloquence, as well as being known for his blog The Inky Fool. All of Forsyth's works have been based around the meaning of words and more specifically, obscure and out-of-use words. His first two books were featured on BBC Radio 4's series Book of the Week.

In June 2012, Forsyth gave a TEDX talk entitled "What’s a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak".

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