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  • A Christmas Cornucopia
    A Christmas Cornucopia (Hardback) Mark Forsyth

    The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means 'Go away, Christ'. Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on 28 March - and only moved to 25 December in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers. Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense - in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.

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  • The Elements of Eloquence
    The Elements of Eloquence (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    Mark Forsyth's `sparkling' (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph) and idiosyncratically brilliant third book.

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  • The Unknown Unknown
    The Unknown Unknown (English, Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    A brilliantly funny and clever exploration of why it's only in a bookshop that you'll find something you never knew you wanted to read, from the author of The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence

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  • The Etymologicon
    The Etymologicon (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    The massive Christmas 2011 bestseller and Radio 4 Book of the Week

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  • The Elements of Eloquence
    The Elements of Eloquence (English, Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    Mark Forsyth's `sparkling' (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph) and idiosyncratically brilliant third book.

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  • The Elements of Eloquence
    The Elements of Eloquence (English, Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrasesuch as O Captain! My Captain!” or To be or not to be”memorable.In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether...

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  • Collins English Dictionary Complete and Unabridged edition
    Collins English Dictionary Complete and Unabridged edition (English, Hardback) Collins Dictionaries

    More than 50,000 newly added entries, and over 722,000 words, meanings and phrases. Now updated to show recent biographical changes.More place names and biographical entries - with over 8,500 place names and 5,500 biographies you will encounter thousands of fascinating facts and figures at your fingertips.

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  • The Horologicon
    The Horologicon (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE ETYMOLOGICON Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words. From uhtceare in the hours before dawn through to dream drumbles at bedtime, The Horologicon gives you the extraordinary lost words you never knew you needed. Wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling (which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch). A Radio 4 Book of the Week, The Horologicon is an eye-opening, page-turning celebration of the English language at its most endearingly arcane. 'Reading The Horologicon in one sitting is very tempting' Roland White, Sunday Times

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  • The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (English, Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    The writer behind the popular and humorous blog Inky Fool explores the interesting and surprising connections between words in the English language, including how one can go from being “gruntled” to “disgruntled” and what salaries have to do with salt. Original. 50,000 first printing.

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  • The Horologicon
    The Horologicon (English, Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    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...

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  • A Short History of Drunkenness
    A Short History of Drunkenness (Hardback) Mark Forsyth

    Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.A Short...

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  • The Elements of Eloquence
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  • Mark Forsyth's Ternion Set
    Mark Forsyth's Ternion Set (English, Hardback) Mark Forsyth

    A beautiful box set containing all three books in hardback by Mark Forsyth.

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  • The Etymologicon
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  • The Complete Mark Forsyth
    The Complete Mark Forsyth (English, Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    A beautiful box set containing all three books in paperback by Mark Forsyth.

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  • The Horologicon
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