Summary

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)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Will on 06-01-13

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!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By max on 07-06-12

Very good

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eleni on 21-09-16

Really and I mean REALLY enjoyed this

I was absolutely hooked through out the book. The fun part was that I just couldn't resist pausing and "sharing" my "word-discoveries" with my husband, my best friend or my colleagues depending who was around

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5 out of 5 stars
By Akshay on 17-07-12

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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