The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through The Hidden Connections Of The English Language

Author: Mark Forsyth
Homepage 9781848314535

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  • : July 2012
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What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It's an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.


'This year's must-have stocking filler - the angel on the top of the tree, the satsuma in the sock, the three penny bit in the plum pudding, the essential addition to the library in the smallest room is Mark Forsyth's The Etymologicon.' - Ian Sansom Guardian

'I'm hooked on Forsyth's book - Crikey, but this is addictive' - Matthew Parris The Times

'Kudos should go to Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon - Clearly a man who knows his onions, Mr Forsyth must have worked 19 to the dozen, spotting red herrings and unravelling inkhorn terms, to bestow this boon - a work of the first water, to coin a phrase.' Daily Telegraph

'The Etymologicon contains fascinating facts' Daily Mail

'From Nazis and film buffs to heckling and humble pie, the obscure origins of commonly-used words and phrases are explained.' Daily Telegraph

'One of the books of the year. It is too enjoyable for words.' - Henry Coningsby Waterstones Watford

Author description

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he's ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, had to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week.