Being the weblog of Mark Forsyth
Monday, 8 November 2021
The Illustrated Etymologicon
It is of immense importance to absolutely everyone that The Illustrated Etymologicon is now published, out, in the shops, for sale, and b...
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
I've done another little video essay with the splendid people at Little White Lies. It's about the rhetorical trope of epistrophe. ...
Sunday, 17 October 2021
Pancallism is the belief that everything is beautiful, or at least everything that exists, which is quite a lot of things. The idea, occu...
Thursday, 24 June 2021
Flying Saucers, Pelicans, Prisons and Albatrosses
Today is, of course, the 74th anniversary of the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting . The event is celebrated by lexicographers everywhere becaus...
Friday, 14 May 2021
The Etymological Week
The week is a curious thing: the division of our lives into a revolving, unfinishing cycles of seven days. Especially as seven days bears ...
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Shires, Counties, Counts and Sheriffs
The nomenclature of England is a foggy thing, cunningly designed to confuse foreigners, who will wonder, in their simple foreign way, why ...
Monday, 5 April 2021
The original logo There's a website where you can buy an Apple Macintosh for 40p. Well, in fact, you can buy three for £1.20. That amo...
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