The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Hardback)
  • The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Hardback)

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Hardback)

Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 03/11/2011
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The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller
'Not since Eats, Shoots & Leaves has a book about language attracted so much attention' Robert McCrum, Observer
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.

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781848313071
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

'I'm hooked on Forsyth's book - Crikey, but this is addictive' -- Mathew 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 *
'One of the books of the year. It is too enjoyable for words.' -- Henry Coningsby * Waterstones Watford *

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“Entertaining, erudite educational”

A wonderfully surprising tour of the English language. Irreverent but intelligent, well-thought out and with plenty of suprises. Perfect for dipping in and out of.

Hardback edition
19th April 2012
Helpful? Upvote 67

“A fun, but very informative read”

This little book was on my (mental) "to purchase" list, but somehow I lost track of it. Until a few weeks ago. It must have been a sign, hahaha.

The Etymologicon offers a very nice, entertaining, and witty... More

Paperback edition
2nd October 2013
Helpful? Upvote 58


This is an brilliant book and very cleverly put together. It has had me laughing out loud many times. If you like words, their origins and how have they have changed over time, you'll love this book. It is very... More

Hardback edition
31st October 2011
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