What does organised crime have to do with church organs? And what’s the connection between blank cheques and check mate?
The Etymologicon takes you on a journey through the hidden connections between words. Why is champagne the ideal drink for a campaign, what does shooting pool have to do with chickens, and why is black really white?
There’s always a connection. Sometimes, it’s obvious: an actor’s role was once written on a roll of parchment, and cappuccinos are the same colour as the robes of a Capuchin monk. Sometimes the connection is astonishing and a little more hidden: who would have guessed that your pants and panties are named after Saint Pantaleon, the all-compassionate?
Springing from writer and journalist Mark Forsyth’s hugely popular blog The Inky Fool and including word-connection parlour games perfect for any word-lovers get-together, The Etymologicon is a brilliant map of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language. źródło opisu: http://www.iconbooks.co.uk/book/the-etymologicon-a…(?) źródło okładki: http://www.iconbooks.co.uk/book/the-etymologicon-a…»
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