Mark Forsyth

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Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he’s ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, has been to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week.

Mr. Forsyth currently resides in London.

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“Poetry is much more important than the truth, and, if you don't believe that, try using the two methods to get laid.”
Mark Forsyth, The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

“John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote his first story aged seven. It was about a “green great dragon.” He showed it to his mother who told him that you absolutely couldn’t have a green great dragon, and that it had to be a great green one instead. Tolkien was so disheartened that he never wrote another story for years.
The reason for Tolkien’s mistake, since you ask, is that adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out. And as size comes before colour, green great dragons can’t exist.”
Mark Forsyth, The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it was the sausage-maker who disposed of the body.”
Mark Forsyth, The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

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