What started out as a hobby-project intended for fellow students, accidentally turned into a successful first edition with reprint. We’re happy to tell you some more about the Etymology Calendar’s story, and about its authors!
The Etymology Calendar is a very entertaining calendar which provides an interesting etymology every day. Despite being a historical linguist myself, the calendar teaches me something new nearly every day, and I know for sure that it is chock-full of interesting facts and funny observations for anyone who’s interested. Every entry shows how much fun the writers had with this project: the pages are bursting with enthusiasm. I predict this calendar might become a real hit as Christmas present.
It is wonderful to see how etymological explanations, which – let’s be fair – are usually quite dry, are now presented to a wide audience of language-enthusiasts in an accessible and fun manner. Even seasoned linguists will be reminded by the Etymology Calendar every single day how surprising, funny and beautiful the study of languages can be. The enthusiasm that the writers have for their field bursts from every page, without any concessions to their expertise!
The etymologies are so much fun that I don’t mind reading them twice, so I went and read some ahead before 2019!
I put the calendar up in the women’s toilet of our dorm and now people from the other corridor also come to our bathroom because they want to read the calendar
The people visiting our bathroom love the calendar, we get lots of compliments on it 😊
I just wanted to say that I’m enjoying the Etymology Calendar so very much! I’m super impressed you all managed to find THIS many interesting etymologies, I almost want to put all of them in a scrapbook because they just make me so happy every day!
I’m not an expert in this field at all, but the entries are very well written! Sometimes the etymologies are so obvious that I think to myself, surely I could’ve realised that before…
My colleagues loved it. Next year they’ll be begging for it.
I find it hard not to tear and read every page of the calendar until December before January is over. Every word has an interesting story. It really makes you look at language in a different way. And I’m saying that as a linguist.