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The Horologicon [Format Kindle]

Mark Forsyth

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Praise for Etymologicon

“The Facebook of books…Before you know it, you’ve been reading for an hour.”—The Chicago Tribune

“A breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words…Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The stocking filler of the season...How else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and Mein Kampf.”—Robert McCrum, The Observer

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

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

“Delightful…Witty and erudite and stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.”—The Independent (UK)

“Witty and well researched…Who wouldn’t want to read about the derivation of the word ‘gormless’? Or the relationship between the words ‘buffalo’ and ‘buff’?”—The Guardian (UK)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most


extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the


hour of the day when you really need them.







Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That’s fudgelling, which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch, though by dinner time you will have become a sparkling deipnosophist.






From Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this is a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1660 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Editeur : Icon Books Ltd (1 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00KFEJJR6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An eleventh-hour largesse for the lexis votarient in your midguard. 21 décembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Are you looking for that wonderful gift to present to the individual in your life who appears to have swallowed a lexicon with their mornings repast, and have you been a bit tardy in getting said article? Well fret not here is an awesome nay, Brobdingnagian offering that could easily engender feelings of exuberance and even adoration from said recipient!

In his preambulation Mark Forsyth states that this book is for those words that are..

"To beautiful to live long, too amusing to be taken seriously, too precise to become common, too vulgar to survive in polite company, or too poetic to thrive in this age of prose."

He goes on to say that these words languish away in old and arenaceous dictionaries, that these are the lost words and the great secrets of civilisations that can still be of use today.

What sets this marvellous read apart from your standard lexicon is the method of recording used does not follow the A - Z format. In fact the writer states that by having words arranged alphabetically within a dictionary you render them useless as they bear no relation to their neighbouring words and are estranged from those words they share a relationship with (for example in the Oxford English Dictionary, wine and corkscrew are separated by seventeen volumes). This led the author after hours of rumination and a degree of puttering to fix upon the idea of using the medieval book of hours as his solution to this dilemma, in the process reinventing the reference book for the modern world and it's constant haste. With this method all one needs to do is to check the time of day via whatever clepsydra you prefer and then by referring to the correct page within this publication - suitable words should avail themselves for your use and the delectation of all within earshot.

The Horologicon (or book of hours) is the partner to last years The Etymologicon, and like that wonderful book, uses Mark's Inky Fool blog, as it's reference point. Where as the previous work, threaded us through the strange connection that exist between words, The Horologicon, is literally a book of hours, charting the period from just before the moment day-raw streaks red across the sky and guiding us through the day and eventide up until Bulls-noon, where we, having wished bene darkmans to our loved ones, will hopefully be ensconced in our dreamery, asleep in those arms of Morpheus.

This was a BBC radio 4 book of the week (read by Hugh Dennis) and was described as:

"The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them. Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling, which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch, though by dinner time you will have become a sparkling deipnosophist. From Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this is a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean."

Disclaimer.

"This is a reference work. You should on no account attempt to read it cover to cover. If you do, Hell itself will have no horrors for you, and neither the author nor his parent company will accept liability for any suicides, rampages, or crazed nudity that may result." Mark Forsyth.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Forsyth in Wonderwordsland 20 novembre 2012
Par Elda Lamberti - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Thinking of setting your expergefactor before going to bed? Or would you rather hear an aubade, first thing in the morning? Does not really matter, as long as you don't feel philogrobolized...
A treasure trove of ancient, forgotten, no longer used words; writers should really love this book - when they have that horrible blank page in front of them, a simple glance at any page of "The Horologicon" will help them finding all the words (sorry... vocables) they need to write the best novel of their life...
But this book will appeal to any words-lover: equally delightful as "The Etymologicon", witty, clever, humorous... not to be missed!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Horologicon 10 janvier 2013
Par Kim Lomman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I loved this author's other language book, The Etymologicon, so once I heard about this one I knew I had to read it.

This is a different sort of book though and doesn't quite hit the mark. The previous book, as the title suggests, is about the origins behind words, a topic I find fascinating. I like to know why we use words the way we do and how they evolved to current standards.

This book though is less about origins, though some are included, and more about obscure and forgotten words for various things. Each chapter is linked to an hour of the day and things associated with that hour. It was a good way of tying together different words and worked well.

Overall though this book just wasn't as interesting. There were a lot of funny words but there were also a great deal of words that were just a Latin version of an ordinary word. I find those rather boring as you can take almost any word and translate it into Latin. I'm more interested in the words that sprang from other sources.

If you like language I'd still recommend this book but I think you'll have a more enjoyable time reading The Etymologicon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The funniest way to upgrade your vocabulary 30 octobre 2013
Par Ulrich Ernst - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is about the funniest book I have read (and keep reading) in some time. It's actually difficult to read in public places, because I (a 69-year old economist) cannot suppress a constant stream of giggles. The author manages to take you on a journey journey into the world of English words that have all but disappeared, and you often wonder why. The style is the kind of biting humor that only Brits seem to command (although David Sedaris comes close). I certainly would recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read that can add to your erudite vocabulary. I'll definitely get Mark Forsyth's other books …
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic Forsyth 24 décembre 2012
Par Frank A. Stephenson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This is one of the best, most insiteful collection of English words and their uses over the years (regardless of their roots) I have studied. Rather than organizing them alphabetically, the words appear according to the time of day one might be temped to use one or look it up. "Shaving," therefore, (obviously directed predominently towards men - and a few unlucky women) occurs in the early pages of the book. Conversely, "curtain lectures" is found near the end, along with its sub-categories like "paralipsis" - the practice of saying that you're not mentioning something, and then saying what you're not saying. e.g. "I'm not going to bring up how you were late, late by half an hour. And i'm not going to mention how you disgraced yourself..." well, you get the idea. Trust me, if you love words, you'll love Mark Forsyth's creation in "The Horologicon".
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