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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785781707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785781704
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (671 customer reviews)
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'This year's must-have stocking filler - the angel on the top of the tree, the satsuma in the sock, the threepenny bit in the plum pudding, the essential addition to the library in the smallest room is Mark Forsyth's 'The Etymologicon'.' -- Ian Sansom * Guardian * 'This witty book liberates etymology from the dusty pages of the dictionary and brings it alive.' -- Good Book Guide 'From Nazis and film buffs to heckling and humble pie, the obscure origins of commonly-used words and phrases are explained.' -- Daily Telegraph `The stocking filler of the season.' -- Robert McCrum, Observer 'A collection of verbal curiosities ... fascinating.' -- Spectator `A perfect bit of stocking filler for the bookish member of the family, or just a cracking all-year-round-read. Highly recommended.' -- Spectator 'Light, entertaining and fascinating ... This is really one of those books where you have to fight hard to resist telling anyone in earshot little snippets every five minutes.' -- Brian Clegg, author of 'Inflight Science' `An absolute gem ... a pleasure to read.' -- Books Monthly `I want this book to be never-ending ... a real winner.' -- Books Monthly `It makes for a very good read ... a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who might be interested in where our words come from.' -- A Common Reader `I adored this book. I read and read and then I read some more until it was all gone. It was just my cup of tea, well presented, engaging, witty, wonderful. Full of usable facts and great anecdotes, it's one of the only `history' books I've read this year that was anything other than dull as dishwater. Full marks.' -- The Bookbag 'Mark Forsyth, who blogs as 'The Inky Fool,' is an extreme and hugely entertaining practitioner.' -- Financial Times 'The subtitle ... 'A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language' ... is a misdescription. It is not a stroll; it is a plunge on a toboggan where the only way to stop is to fall off.' -- Financial Times `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 '[Forsyth] riff[s] very entertainingly on the hidden connections of words (from brackets and codpieces, to cappuccinos and monkeys).' -- Robert McCrum, Guardian 'One of the books of the year. It is too enjoyable for words.' -- Henry Coningsby * Waterstones Watford * ''The Etymologicon' contains fascinating facts' * Daily Mail * 'Kudos should go to Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon - Clearly a man who knows his onions, Mr Forsyth must have worked 19 to the dozen, spotting red herrings and unravelling inkhorn terms, to bestow this boon - a work of the first water, to coin a phrase.' * Daily Telegraph * 'I'm hooked on Forsyth's book - Crikey, but this is addictive' -- Mathew Parris * The Times *

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Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he's ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, has been to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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