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

ISBN-10: 0425260798

ISBN-13: 9780425260791

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mark Forsyth

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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…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, offensiveThe Etymologiconis 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.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Publication of The Etymologicon in late 2011 shot Mark Forsyth to huge acclaim, appearing on Channel 4, BBC 2 and countless Christmas bestseller lists. Follow Mark on Twitter @inkyfool

Preface
A Turn-up for the Books
A Game of Chicken
Hydrogentlemanly
The Old and New Testicle
Parenthetical Codpieces
Suffering for my Underwear
Pans
Miltonic Meanders
Bloody Typical Semantic Shifts
The Proof of the Pudding
Susage Poison in your Face
Bows and Arrows and Cats
Black and White
Hat Cheque Point Charlie
Sex and Bread
Concealed Farts
Wool
Turkey
Insulting Foods
Folk Etymology
Butterflies of the World
Psychoanalysis and the Release of the Butterfly
The Villains of the Language
Two Executioners and a Doctor
Thomas Crapper
Mythical Acronyms
John the Baptist and the Sound of Music
Organic, Organised, Organs
Clipping
Buffalo
Antanaclasis
China
Coincidences and Patterns
Frankly, My Dear Frankfurter
Beastly Foreigners
Pejoratives
Ciao, Slave Driver
Robots
Terminators and Prejudice
Terminators and Equators
Equality in Ecuador
Bogeys
Bugbears and Bedbugs
Von Munchausen's Computer
SPAM (not spam)
Heroin
Morphing De Quincey and Shelley
Star-Spangled Drinking Songs
Torpedoes and Turtles
From Mount Vernon to Portobello Road with a Hangover
A Punch of Drinks
The Scampering Champion of the Champagne Campaign
Insulting Names
Peter Pan
Herbaceous Communication
Papa was a Saxum Volutum
Flying Peters
Venezuela and Venus and Venice
What News on the Rialto?
Magazines
Dick Snary
Autopeotomy
Water Closets for Russia
Fat Gunhilda
Queen Gunhilda and the Gadgets
Shell
In a Nutshell
The Iliad
The Human Body
The Five Fingers
Hoax Bodies
Bunking and Debunking
The Anglo-Saxon Mystery
The Sedge-Strewn Stream and Globalisation
Coffee
Cappuccino Monks
Called to the Bar
Ignorami
Fossil-less
The Frequentative Suffix
Pending
Worms and their Turnings
Mathematics
Stellafied and Oily Beavers
Beards
Islands
Sandwich Islands
The French Revolution in English Words
Romance Languages
Peripatetic Peoples
From Bohemia to California (via Primrose Hill)
California
The Hash Guys
Drugs
Pleasing Pslams
Biblical Errors
Salt
Halcyon Days
Dog Days
Cynical Dogs
Greek Education and Fastchild
Cybermen
Turning Trix
Amateur-Lovers
Dirty Money
Death Pledges
Wagering War
Strapped for Cash
Fast Bucks and Dead Ones
The Buck Steps here
Back to Howth Castle and Environs
Quizzes
The Cream of the Sources
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