The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

Mark Forsyth


are you aware why…

…a personal loan is actually a dying pledge? …why weapons have ladies’ names? …why salt is said to soldier?

You’re approximately to determine…

The Etymologicon (e-t?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) is:
*Witty (wi-te\): choked with shrewdpermanent humor

*Erudite (er-?-dit): displaying knowledge

*Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensive

The Etymologicon is a very unauthorized consultant to the unusual underpinnings of the English language. It explains: the way you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you're completely correct to think that your meager wage slightly covers “money for salt”; how the largest chain of espresso outlets on the earth (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what exactly the Rolling Stones need to do with gardening.

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