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The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
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Sorry. I can only give it three stars because it was a lot of work to read and I don't think I'll remember anything from it tomorrow. Reading it was like binge-watching Jeopardy or something. And I did take frequent breaks, to try to absorb more.

I will say that I disagree with the reviewers who felt that the humor was too strained or heavy. I am sensitive to that, and often make a similar complaint about other books, but I found Forsyth deft. In fact, I do like his writing style and will try to read something else by him.

"Argon is Greek for lazy."

Tracing how the liquor 'kill-devil' became known as 'rum,' "It might even be something to do with ... rumbullion meaning uproar, or it could be dnuora yaw rehto."

Legend is "the beautiful elder sister of truth."

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June 3, 2016 – Shelved
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June 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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