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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
 
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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language [Format Kindle]

Mark Forsyth
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“The stocking filler of the season...how else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and Mein Kampf.”--The Observer

“Crikey...this is addictive!”--The Times

“Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions.”--Daily Telegraph

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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very very fast delivery 18 août 2013
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extremely fast delivery ... great price, great packaging, great book arrived in perfect condition, will definitely go through this seller again
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fun for word nerds 9 janvier 2012
Par Woodge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The subtitle sums it up pretty nicely: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language. Forsyth, the man behind the blog Inky Fool, is obsessed with where words come from and with wit takes you on a roundabout journey through his obsession. I started reading this fully thinking, that I'd pick it up here and there when I needed a break from my current fiction in progress. But I pretty much read this book straight through and enjoyed it very much. The target audience is definitely word nerds, though. One chapter I enjoyed was titled "Concealed Farts." In a nineteenth-century dictionary, the author found this definition for fice:

A small windy escape backwards, more obvious to the nose than ears; frequently by old ladies charged [blamed] on their lap-dogs.

He continues:

And fice itself comes from the Old English fist, which likewise meant fart. In Elizabethan times a smelly dog was called a fisting cur, and by the eighteenth century any little dog was called a feist, and that's where we get the word feisty from. Little dogs are so prone to bark at anything that an uppity girl was called fiesty, straight from the flatulent dogs of yore. This is a point well worth remembering when you're next reading a film review about a 'feisty heroine.'
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you like words and odd facts, you'll love the Etymologicon 8 avril 2012
Par Jeremy P - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A friend said, you have to read this book. They couldn't quite say why. And it's true that this book defies explanation. (Or to put it another way, any way you try and explain it sounds either a little pointless or rather dull. I'll try and do better!)

Mark Forsyth traces word roots, finds connections between words and phrases and tells stories - sometimes from today, sometimes from the recent past, and occasionally back to the days of the earliest human languages. His mind (I suspect) and this book (I can vouch) are a kind of linguistic equivalent of online WILFing. (WILF? Well, it ought to be wwilf. It stands for, "What was I looking for?" and it's a way of describing those lost eight hours you spent browsing websites about pre-Ptolemaic kingdoms, when all you meant to do was find the population of Brisbane for your daughter's geography project.)

Each section of the book (the word 'chapter' doesn't really fit) is a kind of walking tour of the linguistic highlands. You learn a lot along the way, but in truth what's happening is that you're mainly enjoying the company of your witty and learned guide, as he traces strange connections, notes the oddities of word origins and how often we use terms that have fascinating (and occasionally scandalous) origins and generally makes you think about the English language.

I loved the book, and keep it on my Kindle. And it's given me a whole mine of useless but fascinating information. It's certainly a good book to give as a gift: it's a fun book just to dip into for anyone with the slightest interest in language. If you're anything like me you will read and re-read. I find I remember that there's a curious story behind a particular word, but I have to go back to the book to search it out. (I wonder if Forsyth really goes around with all this in his head!)

Some people may find the author's style irritating. And if you're looking for an academic study, this book is definitely not for you. Dip into the book via Amazon's useful 'Look Inside' feature. If you're grabbed - get it. And if you don't like the sample, you won't like the whole.

I don't know any books that are similar, but if you are interested in the English language, I would recommend The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way, or The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language. Or if you like this kind of curious adventure through facts and counter-facts, try QI: the Book of General Ignorance (Q1).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Compulsively Readable 4 novembre 2011
Par Chief Technovelgist - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Etymologicon is much more enjoyable than the usual sort of book that introduces the reader to unusual words or word origins. The author has done a marvelous job, and I think that anyone who is attracted to this kind of book will find it difficult to put down.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A hilarious ramble through the undergrowth of the English language 17 mars 2012
Par Andrew Johnston - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you're a closet etymologist or casual linguicist, like me, then this is the book for you. Mark Forsyth leads a merry ramble through the tangled roots of the English language, identifying verbal histories and connections which are sometimes quite mind-boggling.

A sequence of short chapters each explores a topic, usually identifying a stream of words stemming from a common source, whether that be a Greek, Latin or proto-Indo-European root, a language which has been partially adopted into the English tapestry, or a fount of linguistic innovation such as the writings of Milton. In many cases he threads a route through time, geography and lexical space to words which have dramatically different or even opposite meanings to their antecedents.

While each chapter can be read alone, Forsyth cunningly links them together, with each feeding the next, and the last linking back to the first like Ouroboros swallowing its tail.

The writing is always amusing, and occasionally funny enough to stimulate a laugh out loud. Forsyth reserves particular cruelty for poets, and other specialists in the use and abuse of words. My favourite quote: "[we] should devote a chapter to Samuel Johnson's dictionary. So we won't." Myles Coverdale, editor of an early English Bible, is characterised by "[he] didn't let the tiny detail that he knew no Latin, Greek or Hebrew get in his way. This is the kind of can-do attitude that is sadly lacking in modern biblical scholarship."

This isn't a learned book, and its structure and style preclude any deep exploration of a particular topic. But it will convey a broad appreciation of the mixing of the rich Jambalaya which is the English language, and will certainly pique your interest at understanding where words come from, as well as their immediate meaning.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 you'll be (pleasantly) annoying your spouse for days on end 15 juillet 2013
Par Michael Hodge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Due to the nature of this book, anyone nearby will be tapped on their shoulder and filled with interesting knowledge. While reading The Etymologicon, I just could not help myself, I had to share the amazing origins of words with my wife, parents, and at times, a random passerby.

Now a month after completing the book, I feel that I have forgotten the origin and piques of many words from within the text. But...I have come away with a new found awareness in the ways words can be and are actually constructed throughout the ages. This has aided me with my own learning (and teaching) of foreign languages. As a bilingual author, I have to create scenarios well designed for young readers to make word connections between two different languages. I had a lot of fun reading this book, and even feel that it was useful for me. Give it a go!
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