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Author and Wordsmith Mark Forsyth Gives a New York Times Tutorial on the Poetry of Finance

April 23, 2014
ForsythMark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Though the Hidden Connections of the English Language, finds the poetry where you might not expect it. And his article, “The Poetry of the Trading Floor, Going Beyond Bears and Bulls,” published in last week’s New York Times, is no exception.

Tracing the etymological and figurative flair that characterizes much of financial terminology, Forsyth takes us on a brief tour from the beginnings of finance in medieval Italy to today’s quirky zoological references.

To better analyze the Shakespeare in your stock portfolio, read his article at

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