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

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The Illustrated Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

A NEW, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED HARDBACK EDITION OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER, PUBLISHED ON ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY.

'Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent.

'Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history.' William Leith, Evening Standard.

The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language.

What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words is a classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere.

'Highly recommended' Spectator

  • Language

    Miscellaneous

  • Book Binding

    Hardback

  • Book Dimensions

    18 x 2.7 x 25.7 cm

  • Book Format

    Unabridged

  • Book Genre

  • Book ISBN

    9781785787850

  • Book Page Count

    320

  • Book Publication Date

    4 Nov. 2021

  • Book Publisher

    Icon Books

  • Catalogue Ref

    ICON

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