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

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'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.

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What links church organs with organized crime, monks with monkeys, or California with the Caliphate? Do you ever wake up feeling rough (philogrobolized), perhaps from an addiction to wine (vinolent)? In this pair of books - sprung from his Inky Fool blog - Forsyth examines the etymological connections between items of English vocabulary (The Eytmologicon) and defines a host of weird words for familiar situations, arranged by the time of day when they will be most useful (The Horologicon)

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'I'm hooked on Forsyth's book ... Crikey, but this is addictive' - Mathew Parris, The Times, October 13

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

'The Etymologicon, contains fascinating facts' - Daily Mail, October 24

'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 stocking filler of the season... How else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Pérignon and Mein Kampf, ' - Robert McCrum, The Observer

'A perfect bit of stocking filler for the bookish member of the family, or just a cracking all-year-round-read. Highly recommended.'
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