- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425264378
- ISBN-13: 978-0425264379
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language Reprint Edition
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Praise for Etymologicon
“The Facebook of books…Before you know it, you’ve been reading for an hour.”—The Chicago Tribune
“A breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words…Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The stocking filler of the season...How else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and Mein Kampf.”—Robert McCrum, The Observer
“Crikey...this is addictive!”—The Times
“Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions.”—Daily Telegraph
“Delightful…Witty and erudite and stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.”—The Independent (UK)
“Witty and well researched…Who wouldn’t want to read about the derivation of the word ‘gormless’? Or the relationship between the words ‘buffalo’ and ‘buff’?”—The Guardian (UK)
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. He lives in the UK.
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