Mark Forsyth

Who's a snollygoster? The words of politics

Mark is the author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon

Mark Forsyth was born in London in 1977. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never quite recovered. After studying English language and literature at Oxford University he worked as a freelance writer, proof reader and ghostwriter for ten years. In 2009 he started the Inky Fool blog, which contained daily articles on words, rhetoric, poetry, but most of all etymology and the strange and often ludicrous stories behind familiar words. In 2011 this was turned into a book called The Etymologicon, which became a Sunday Times #1 bestseller and the surprise hit of Christmas that year. He is currently working on The Horologicon