A Fine Kettle of Fish and 150 Other Animal Expressions

A Fine Kettle of Fish and 150 Other Animal Expressions

by Michael Macrone
     
 

In A Fine Kettle of Fish Michael Macrone, author of five previous books on language and culture, examines the origins, meaning, and accuracy of some of the best-know expressions involving our furry and feathered friends and enemies. And if you think you're already "word wise," you're in for some surprises, such as:

  • To grin like a

Overview

In A Fine Kettle of Fish Michael Macrone, author of five previous books on language and culture, examines the origins, meaning, and accuracy of some of the best-know expressions involving our furry and feathered friends and enemies. And if you think you're already "word wise," you're in for some surprises, such as:

  • To grin like a Cheshire cat wasn't invented by Lewis Carroll
  • Welsh Rabbit is not a corruption of Welsh rarebit
  • To act chicken was first used by Shakespeare, in Cymbeline (1610)
  • A lame duck was originally a debtor, not a politician
  • A bat out of hell makes no sense at all

So read this book, and have more fun than a barrel of you-know-whats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567314588
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
150

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