The Etymologicon : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
Do you know why a mortgage is literally a death pledge? why guns have girls names? why salt is related to soldier? Youre about to find out The Etymologicon (e-t?-mä-lä-ji-kän) is: *Witty (wi-te\): Full of clever humor*Erudite (er-?-dit): Showing knowledge*Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensiveThe 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 coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.
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October 01, 2012
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