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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language par [Forsyth, Mark]
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Longueur : 298 pages Composition améliorée: Activé Page Flip: Activé
Langue : Anglais

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Revue de presse

“The stocking filler of the 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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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, offensive

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 298 pages
  • Editeur : Berkley; Édition : Reprint (2 octobre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008EXNY5I
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Par Cathy le 8 décembre 2014
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An excellent read for people interested in language. I would recommend it. I bought it as a christmas present for a friend.
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HASH(0x951dbc9c) étoiles sur 5 fun for word nerds 9 janvier 2012
Par Woodge - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x951dbd74) étoiles sur 5 If you like words and odd facts, you'll love the Etymologicon 8 avril 2012
Par Jeremy P - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
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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HASH(0x94f8f24c) étoiles sur 5 Compulsively Readable 4 novembre 2011
Par Chief Technovelgist - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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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HASH(0x94f8f234) étoiles sur 5 A hilarious ramble through the undergrowth of the English language 17 mars 2012
Par Andrew Johnston - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x94f8f6e4) étoiles sur 5 British author seems to have trouble with American history. 28 décembre 2012
Par Loves RPGs - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Very entertaining, and full of interesting ideas and probable causes of the origin of all sorts of words. However, the author seems to struggle with American history. For example, he tells us the Battle of Gettysburg freed the slaves, even though it did no such thing. Closest would be the Battle of Antietam, which happened 10 months earlier, and the Union "victory" there allowed Lincoln to release the Emancipation Proclamation during the early part of 1863, months before Gettysburg happened.

He also tells us that folks in Buffalo and Detroit are developing unique pronunciations, although my talks with people from Detroit, which happen about once a month or so, has none of them using those ways of saying certain words. Maybe the feature he's talking about is only in a very small portion of the city?

If the author can't get simple things like the above two examples right, maybe the entire book is suspect. And that's a shame, because a lot of it has been enjoyable, since I like word play. I'll keep going, but my pleasure has diminished a lot, and if he gets yet another item wrong, I might have to post on his website to complain about his shoddy research, at least when he's talking about Americans.
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