Crikey...this is addictive! --The Times
Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions. --Daily Telegraph"
"The stocking filler of the season...how 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
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.