The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
$16.00
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?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) is: 
*Witty (wi-te\): Full of clever humor

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

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



The 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.

 

Author: Mark Forsyth

Binding: Paperback