Crossword maker, wordplay columnist and general word-nerd David Astle interrogates Mark Forsyth on having the most boring hobby in the world. Mark is the bestselling author of The Etymologicon, in which he takes ‘a circular stroll’ through the hidden connections between words, answering questions you never knew to ask about the relationship of disgruntled to gruntled and blank cheques to checkmate. He takes another ‘brief jaunt’ in The Horologicon and explores everything else linguistic in his blog, The Inky Fool.
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Mark Forsyth (International)
Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he's ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, has been to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week. His most recent book is The Etymologicon. inkyfool.com
David Astle is a full-time word nerd. You may recognise his face (or loud shirts) as belonging to the dictionary guy on the SBS show, Letters and Numbers. Or you may know his initials, DA, from the Fairfax puzzle pages, where David compiles the hardest crosswords of the week. He's also the author of Puzzled and more recently Puzzles and Words, a book to celebrate the strange back-stories of common words, as well as converting those words into mind-games. davidastle.com