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on 19 April 2013
the etymologicon mark forsyth
There is a scene in the movie the Wrong Box (1968) where Ralph Richardson in the role of the pedant uncle hitches a lift on a Victorian horse and cart and immediately launches into the etymological origins of the word "whip" cut to the end of the scene with by now bored senseless carter and the pedant droning on about the etymology of every thing they pass on the road
this book is an attempt to repeat that scene
written by the inky fool blogger despite the red and gold lettered hardcover the etymologicon is simply a website in book format and part of a growing trend
however it is worth reading as like a website and to forsyths skill it is full of connections and amusing sections such as the links between shell, shell, shell and shell
despite its pocket book size there is only so much new you can get out of the original "Proto indo European" and as expected a lot of the amusing stuff is derived from the Anglo Saxon -crapper and hokum both find a place here
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