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The Etymologicon

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?- ma-la-ji-kan) is: *Witty (wi-te): Full of clever humor*Erudite (er-?-dit): Showing knowledge*Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensiveThe 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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About the Author

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter, and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. He is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose.


"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 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"

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