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Overview

What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organized 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 guide 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848313071
  • Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

A Turn-up for the Books 1

A Game of Chicken 3

Hydrogentlemanly 4

The Old and New Testicle 6

Parenthetical Codpieces 8

Suffering for my Underwear 10

Pans 11

Miltonic Meanders 13

Bloody Typical Semantic Shifts 16

The Proof of the Pudding 19

Sausage Poison in Your Face 20

Bows and Arrows and Cats 23

Black and White 25

Hat Cheque Point Charlie 27

Sex and Bread 30

Concealed Farts 33

Wool 35

Turkey 39

Insulting Foods 42

Folk Etymology 43

Butterflies of the World 45

Psychoanalysis and the Release of the Butterfly 47

The Villains of the Language 51

Two Executioners and a Doctor 52

Thomas Crapper 55

Mythical Acronyms 59

John the Baptist and The Sound of Music 62

Organic, Organised, Organs 64

Clipping 65

Buffalo 66

Antanaclasis 69

China 71

Coincidences and Patterns 72

Frankly, My Dear Frankfurter 75

Beastly Foreigners 76

Pejoratives 78

Ciao Slave-driver 80

Robots 81

Terminators and Prejudice 83

Terminators and Equators 85

Equality in Ecuador 86

Bogeys 88

Bugbears and Bedbugs 89

Von Munchausen's Computer 92

SPAM (not spam) 94

Heroin 96

Morphing De Quincey and Shelley 97

Star-Spangled Drinking Songs 100

Torpedoes and Turtles 102

From Mount Vernon to Portobello Road with a Hangover 105

A Punch of Drinks 106

The Scampering Champion of the Champagne Campaign 109

Insulting Names 111

Peter Pan 114

Herbaceous Communication 117

Papa Was a Saxum Volutum 119

Flying Peters 121

Venezuela and Venus and Venice 123

What News on the Rialto? 124

Magazines 126

Dick Snary 128

Autopeotomy 131

Water Closets for Russia 135

Fat Gunhilda 137

Queen Gunhilda and the Gadgets 139

Shell 140

In a Nutshell 141

The Iliad 143

The Human Body 145

The Five Fingers 146

Hoax Bodies 149

Bunking and Debunking 151

The Anglo-Saxon Mystery 153

The Sedge-strewn Stream and Globalisation 157

Coffee 160

Cappuccino Monks 162

Called to the Bar 163

Ignorami 165

Fossil-less 168

The Frequentative Suffix 171

Pending 173

Worms and their Turnings 174

Mathematics 176

Stellafied and Oily Beavers 178

Beards 180

Islands 182

Sandwich Islands 186

The French Revolution in English Words 190

Romance Languages 191

Peripatetic Peoples 193

From Bohemia to California (via Primrose Hill) 195

California 197

The Hash Guys 200

Drugs 203

Pleasing Psalms 204

Biblical Errors 207

Salt 210

Halcyon Days 212

Dog Days 213

Cynical Dogs 215

Greek Education and Fastchild 216

Cybermen 218

Turning Trix 220

Amateur Lovers 221

Dirty Money 223

Death-pledges 224

Wagering War 226

Strapped for Cash 227

Fast Bucks and Dead Ones 228

The Buck Stops Here 230

Back to Howth Castle and Environs 232

Quizzes 235

The Cream of the Sources 251

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