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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the… (original 2011; edition 2011)
by Mark Forsyth
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth (2011)
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Springing from writer and journalist Mark Forsyth's hugely popular blog The Inky Fool and including word-connection parlour games perfect for any word-lovers get-together, The Etymologicon is a brilliant map of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language.There's always a connection. Sometimes, it's obvious: an actor's role was once written on a roll of parchment, and cappuccinos are the same colour as the robes of a Capuchin monk. Sometimes the connection is astonishing and a little more hidden: who would have guessed that your pants and panties are named after Saint Pantaleon, the all-compassionate?
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