am 26. August 2012
If you enjoy discovering where words come from you'll love this book, it's one of the funniest things I've read on the subject! Reading it is a bit like having a very knowledgable and entertaining guest to tea. Mark Forsyth describes his book as "a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language" and that says it perfectly. He takes us on a ramble from a word to its derivatives and its various spawnings in an informative yet often hilarious way. I have the book on my coffee table and dip into it whenever I have a few minutes. A friend recommended this book to me and I'm so glad she did - it's a treat!
am 23. November 2012
I bought this after parts of this were on BBC Radio4's Book of the Week and thoroughly amused me by the whimsical and meandering style. I was mostly not disappointed; my only problem is that the segues from one chapter to the next become more and more forced as the book progresses. (Or maybe that's just the impression that I got, reading about two thirds of it on a rainy day in a hotel room. Hence, I do recommend not to read more than two or three chapters at a time.)
am 19. November 2013
I love anything to do with etymology anyway so I am instantly biased, but I really love the way this book was written...rather like the way I think. You are led on a etymological journey springing from one word to the next. Each new word and origin is as fascinating as the last. There are quite a few laughs in there too. All in all an excellent book, easy to read and a constant source of "What?" "Really?" and "Aha!" effects! The only negative thing about reading this book was not being able to remember all of what was read!