The Horologican

  • by Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized. Find yourself pretending to work? That’s fudgelling. And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just don’t get too vinomadefied; a drunk dinner companion is never appreciated. The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the number-one international best seller The Etymologicon comes an audiobook of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

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What the Critics Say

"A breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words… Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Customer Reviews

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Nerd comedy!

What did you love best about The Horologican?

Like his other books, Forsyth's layers fact with fun. The narrator delivers everything in a brilliant 'matter of fact' fashion which makes the comedic elements even more enjoyable.

For me Forsyth is a MUST LISTEN!

In order of preference I would rate The Horologicon 3rd/last out of his other 3 audiobooks, but that is not a knock against this volume. Happy listening!


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- knabstr

excellent book, loved it

great book and excellent narration. if you love words and their etymology this is it.
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- E. Khanine "EK"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC