The Horologicon

  • 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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If only there were words to describe Mark Forsyth

Would you consider the audio edition of The Horologican to be better than the print version?

I think WhisperSync would be great for this so you can see and hear the words for better retention.


Would you recommend The Horologican to your friends? Why or why not?

My friends aren't interested in these topics but if I found anyone who was I'd definitely bring Mark Forsyth and his books into the conversation.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Unlike his book on entomology I did need a break from this one but only once. Still a great listen.


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- JPwns

So nerdy!

Great book. I just wish it had an English narrator--Don Hagen does fine (except when reading poetry), but this book has an English author and English sensibility. It doesn't quite work with an American reader.
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- Carrie

Book Details

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