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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mark Forsyth
Narrator: Don Hagen
Genres: Non-Fiction, Language, Lectures
Publisher: Gildan Media
Published In: November 2014
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 1 minute
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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.

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"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 Details

Author Details

Forsyth, Mark

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter, and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. Forsyth is the creator of "The Inky Fool", a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose. He lives in the United Kingdom.