The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth is a light-hearted look at the origins of words in the English language.
As an English teacher, linguist, and bookworm, as well as one of those people who loves looking at dictionaries and reading about language in general, this book hits the spot!
Mark Forsyth rambles on from one word to the next, often turning full circle and coming back to where he started. He is extremely entertaining in describing the origins of phrases such as “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” or “cold shoulder”. Every page leaves you surprised!
There are a few words I didn’t really want explained to me, and be warned; he really does ramble! But overall I thought he picked out some interesting stuff. I’m sure he could have written ten times as much, but that would definitely become a bit tedious for the reader! However, should you want more (or simply a small trial dose before buying the book) look at his blog: The Inky Fool.
If you fancy a laugh, get this and dive in! It’s rather tongue-in-cheek at times, but that’s my kind of humour!