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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language | [Mark Forsyth]
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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.
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A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It's an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

©2012 Mark Forsyth (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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    max london, United Kingdom 07/06/2012
    max london, United Kingdom 07/06/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good"

    A very good mix of knowlege, humour and interest. I didn't mind missing parts because I can listen again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Will Portsmouth, United Kingdom 06/01/2013
    Will Portsmouth, United Kingdom 06/01/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant and hilarious book"

    Despite listening to this book 3 times over now I still am at a loss for the correct words to describe just how much I love it! Etymology can often be a dry subject but Mark Forsyth shows a real love and appreciation for the neglected words of our language. I was surprised at how how funny this book is and immediately had to down load his second book The Horologycon which was just as interesting and just as funny :) Can't recommend them highly enough!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Dunbar, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Paul Dunbar, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "Words, words, words."

    I really loved this book and the way it entwined words and their meanings together in a witty and sometimes intricate way. Anyone who enjoys tv programmes like Stephen Fry's QI will enjoy the trivia and references to our social, cultural and geographical history. I particularly took pleasure when words which I have always taken for granted suddenly took on new meanings and I had many eureka moments with the realisation of where these meanings came from. My only frustration; kept on having to pause and rewind, as the associations between words and their meanings moves through the text (you know what I mean) at some pace, I was still absorbing the previous paragraph when the equally interesting next section being narrated.



    An excellent volume, well done Mr Forsyth.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Parris Epsom, UK 08/07/2013
    Mark Parris Epsom, UK 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic Book"
    If you could sum up The Etymologicon in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, Interesting, Brainstorming


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It made me think that if they taught etymology in schools, we would have a head start when it comes to learning foreign languages.


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    Fantastic Book that I originally bought as a paperback for a flight to the USA, after the flight I found I wanted to finish the book - but had no time to do so, so I reverted to the audio book and have been amazing my friends with random bits of trivia ever since. For me the book of the year so far.

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    Amazon Customer LEICESTER, United Kingdom 28/02/2014
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    What did you like most about The Etymologicon?

    Very amusing and very interesting. I especially loved the way it ended, thought it was genius really. The anecdotes did make me giggle out loud and look silly, but it was worth it. Definitely.


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    Eva Co. longford, Ireland 21/02/2014
    Eva Co. longford, Ireland 21/02/2014
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    "Perfect in so many ways."
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    I have dipped into this several times since I finished it, it's a lovely way to have a 'short listen'. I'm surprised how well-suited the subject matter is to the audiobook format.

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    steve Rainham, United Kingdom 29/01/2014
    steve Rainham, United Kingdom 29/01/2014
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    "Witty and fascinating."

    Witty and fascinating as well as erudite. I loved every minute of it. A highly recommended read.

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    margaret mclaren scotland 15/12/2013
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    "Interesting"
    What did you like most about The Etymologicon?

    It's a book you can dip in and out of easily. There is always something new to learn. Entertaining at the same time. You can easily imagine the author dropping these thoughts into general conversation.


    What about Simon Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You could do if you wanted. I enjoyed it most because you could put it down for a while and pick it up again without having to start at the beginning again.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally listen to non fiction, but i really enjoyed this book and will look for more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Balor of the Evil Eye Éire 19/08/2013
    Balor of the Evil Eye Éire 19/08/2013
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    "Informative, well-researched and witty."

    This is one of those titles that provides the listener with endless fodder for appearing well-educated when chatting with friends in the pub. The origin of words is often a very interesting topic; this publication proves, as so many other books on etymology have, that what you believed something meant was actually wrong. The changes in the accepted meaning of words, or, indeed how they are changed to fit human bias or assumptions (burnsides to sideburns is a good example), is well illustrated here - memes abound! The creation of a concatenation of words to show the change in their meaning from their origin is quite successful and often illuminating.
    The narrator has a prissy, English accent, perfectly suited to the subject matter and quite good for delivering the witty asides that punctuate the book.

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    Dawn CUPAR, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Dawn CUPAR, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend The Etymologicon to anyone with an interest in language.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author takes your on a fascinating tour of the english language and circles all the way around to where he began in a really amusing way. Each chapter very neatly segues into the next with fun and surprising connections between words that most people wouldn't expect.


    Any additional comments?

    The only bad thing about this audiobook was that I could have gone on listening for weeks and I was pretty disappointed when it was over. It definitely could have been longer. Fingers crossed there will be a sequel!

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    "Fascinating subject might not be for everyone"
    If you could sum up The Etymologicon in three words, what would they be?

    witty, educational, British


    What does Simon Shepherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wry British humour


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter itself is quite dry - it's the history of words & phrases in the English language. Some may find that knowing the origin of the word "heroin" might not be worth their time or Audible credit (it was a trademark by Bayer for a cough syrup). But for language & history buffs, this is a great investment of your time & money.

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