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The Etymologicon: A Taster


I thought in honour of The Etymologicon (which I reviewed yesterday) I would post a sort of taster of the types of things contained within its pages by posting my tweets from while I was reading it.

All tweets are in my own words. Please forgive the errors, most I posted using my phone which has a slightly strange auto-correct function, and  don’t always pick up what it has done until it is to late.

Anyway, enjoy!

Here worth should say with, and loss should say lots I have yet to find a reason to use polyorchid unfortunately, although actually I can see it suggesting the opposite of someone having a lot of balls as most people would think of a delicate flower. (Have you ever tried to take care of an orchid? Very difficult flowers!)


No wonder us Brits are supposedly obsessed with the weather. We’re probably still trying to prove to the Vikings that the sky isn’t always cloudy,

Well at least we know the internet isn’t the only reason for procrastination, right?

Seeing as psychology is so often linked with emotions, and the soul is too it kind of makes sense.

Oops more typos ad, not add.

The Greeks actually believed that butterflies were the souls of the dead flying around earth. Hence the word for soul and butterfly is the same.

And again. Is, not us.

With, not worth

Correct grammar…what the hell a correct granger is I do not know

If anyone understood that sentence without an explanation you can have a cookie.

I sort of like this idea, it’s like binding your heart to another person. However I now want to know why a man’s engagement ring is wornk on his little finger, not his ring finger whilst a lady’s is.

Does this make anyone else like Starbucks more?

Excellent motivation for Harry. Don’t fear the dragon, it’s just a worm.

Find out more about The Hydrogen Bomb and Bikini Atoll.

Anyone else suddenly feel disgusted by the idea of wearing a bikini?

 

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The Etymologicon- Mark Forsyth


Synopsis (from Amazon)

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.

Review

I got a little bit addicted to the knowledge from this book while reading it, I miss tweeting the bits I found interesting. In fact I miss finding the interesting bits, hopefully following Forsyth’s Blog will help remedy that.

I really did enjoy this book. Anyone who follows my twitter feed can probably see I loved finding out about the words. (Soon was the Anglo-Saxon word for now, but humans are by nature procrastinators so the meaning changed. Did you know that?).

The writing was very conversational, which made it very easy to read and easy to understand.

I also loved how each chapter linked into the next by linking the words each chapter started and ended with. It did make it a little hard to put down however, which is not so good when you’re on a bus, or on your lunch break.

It also made me a little dead to the world, a number of times people started talking to me only for me not the notice.

Can’t wait to read Forsyth’s most recent offering, The Horologicon.

4.5/5

Buy it:

Kindle (£5.19)

Hardback (£7.40)

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