Wednesday 13 October 2021

Book Review: The Illustrated Etymologicon by Mark Forysth (Non-Fiction)

Title: The Illustrated Etymologicon
Author: Mark Forysth
Publisher: Icon Books
Publication Date: 4 November 2021
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

The Illustrated Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language.

What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words is a classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere.


The Illustrated Etymologicon was a delight from start to finish. I have always had an interest in the origin of words, and this book presented such facts in a fun and interesting way, each piece of information leading us off in a fascinating new direction. For lovers of the English language, this book will prove both enjoyable and informative, and with its pleasing formatting and presentation, it will also make a wonderful coffee table read, to get guests talking or to simply dip into whenever you have a moment to spare.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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