For readers interested in the history and evolution of the English language, the Inky Fool is a blog by Mark Forsyth, a London-based author who writes about language and etymology. Launched in 2009 and updated frequently, Inky Fool addresses topics including word origins, surname meanings, toponymy, and more. As of this write-up, recent posts have addressed the means of German surnames and the origins of the word "porcupine." For the past few years, Inky Fool has been updated a bit less frequently than it was during the first several years of the blog existence, perhaps because Forsyth has been working on his recently published book A Short History of Drunkenness. Fortunately, visitors can easily browse past blog posts by subject tags such as song lyrics, semantic shifts, and commonly confused words. Visitors may also want to start by checking out "The Most Popular Posts of the Inky Fool," which is a compilation of nine previously published blog posts.
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