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!
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.)
Truly remarkable, how many connections can be uncovered by linguists. The author has done "his homework". The results of his endeavors seem to be reliable. Highly recommended, if you are the kind of reader that can consume (and retain) enormous quantities of information.
The first lines of this book and I am already giggling. As I am a linguistic nerd, love the English language and, even more, love getting to know origins of words, this book is just perfect! I would love to hang out with Mr Forsyth and just listen to him all day long. Not only does one get new insights of the world around us, which just seems so normal and regular and the words are just there, but also getting to know how they originated and that they were once invented and did not exist all the time, already. As I have studied English Language and Literature, it is such a joy to read this book and explore all the anecdotes and stories. I will def. look at Mr Forsyth's blog and giggle some more!
An excellent book containing some wonderful research into the root of words. With so much information and some excellent historical backgrounds,you can impress your friends with your new word knowledge.