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Ook for fans ofof Eats Shoots Leaves 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 c I purchased this book in audio format first and loved it so much I had to be able to read it I then bought the Kindle version Wanting a way to be able to flip around uickly add annotations and underlines of my own I capitulated and purchased the physical book Worth every penny AmazingThe author is an obvious genius and he uses his encyclopedic knowledge and sharp sense of humor to bring the hidden and colorful history of our amazing language to life Irreverant snarky witty biting and sublime; a fun romp through history common culture and delicious arcana lurking behind every syllable A masterpiece of scholarship and humor

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The Etymologicon A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English LanguageOffee shops in the world connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening This witty book will awake the linguist in you and illuminate the hidden meanings behind common words and phrases tracing their evolution through all of their surprising paths throughout histor There is no real logic to this book It moves from one word or historical fact on to another in a seemingly random fashion following one connection or peripheral idea and then linking to another This means that it is not a reference book but just an interesting collection of facts for those of us who love words I found it extremely enjoyable and very interesting because the author often delves back to the origin of words and then shows how they link to others He also gives us bits of historical facts about how words were originally used and then how they have changed to be used as we do todayI wouldn't read this book all in one go because there is just so much information to take in It is best consumed in chunks at least that was my theory but I found it almost impossible to put it down because I wanted to see his next link This did mean that I read large sections and then couldn't really remember how things connected but I did very much enjoy it when reading itYou are not going to finish by knowing anything at all useful You also won't know anything in depth to do that you will have to read something scholarly What you do end up with is a very enjoyable read wallowing in words and meanings and picking up little snippets of information about words their meaning and their history as you go

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mobi à The Etymologicon ò A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language ¶ danpashley Ó [Download] ➵ The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language Author Join or create boThis perfect gift for readers writers and literature majors alike unearths the uirks of the English language For example doyou know why a mortgage is literally a death pledge? Why guns have girls names? Whysalt is related tosoldier? Discover the answers to all of these etymological uestions andin this fascinating b I started reading this several years ago and just got bogged down I finally decided to take a running go at it and actually finish it As an English language teacher and overall English geek I find word origins fascinating The author certainly does an amazing job developing connections throughout the English language doing so in pithy and humorous chapters However I would say that the book should be considered as entertainment than education though there were certainly several things that I learned along the wayMy only negative comment is that the author's circular stroll can get a reader turned around very easily The reason I could not finish it the first time I attempted reading it was that I simply could not keep up with the author's logic This is something that really has to be read in a fairly brief amount of time It is not something that I would say can easily be put down and then picked up some time later Overall I enjoyed the book and think that most other word nerds would as well