The Etymologicon

  • by Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by Simon Shepherd
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?
The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It's an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.


Title Not For Sale In This Country

Audible does not currently have the rights to sell this title in your country.

Please consider another book.

Continue Browsing

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Really and I mean REALLY enjoyed this

I was absolutely hooked through out the book. The fun part was that I just couldn't resist pausing and "sharing" my "word-discoveries" with my husband, my best friend or my colleagues depending who was around
Read full review

- Eleni

Fascinating subject might not be for everyone

If you could sum up The Etymologicon in three words, what would they be?

witty, educational, British

What does Simon Shepherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wry British humour

Any additional comments?

The subject matter itself is quite dry - it's the history of words & phrases in the English language. Some may find that knowing the origin of the word "heroin" might not be worth their time or Audible credit (it was a trademark by Bayer for a cough syrup). But for language & history buffs, this is a great investment of your time & money.

Read full review

- Akshay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios