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The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
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Nov 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-read-to-learn-stuff, everyone-should-read-this-book
Recommended for: Beth Wood
Read from January 06 to 11, 2012

fervently read the first 3/4, got the main idea, skipped some to the end and just read the ones I found fascinating.

I mostly read this book in 15 min. increments ... better to soak in what was read. Otherwise, it might have overwhelming.

If you like The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, or Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, The OED, anything in the 420-425 section in the library, then this book is for you.

It's really a big chain of stories about words .. he starts at the beginning (naturally), with a word, then tells you it's beginning, derivatives, first usages, changes, etc. and goes on and on to words you had no clue were linked.

It's pretty awesome, with a bit of British wit that might go over the heads of some, but had me laughing out loud.
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01/08/2012 page 36
13.0% "Never knew testicles and the Bible were etymologically related!"
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