Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins
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Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins

by Michael Quinion
     
 

ISBN-10: 1588342190

ISBN-13: 9781588342195

Pub. Date: 09/19/2004

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

The real story of a word or phrase’s origin and evolution is often much stranger—and much more humorous—than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you “happy as a clam.” Happy as a clam? Really, what’s so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense when it’s paired with its missing

Overview

The real story of a word or phrase’s origin and evolution is often much stranger—and much more humorous—than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you “happy as a clam.” Happy as a clam? Really, what’s so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense when it’s paired with its missing second half: “at high water.” Now a clam at high water is a safe clam, and thus a happy clam. From the bawdy to the sublime, Quinion’s explanations and delightful asides truly prove that the “proof is in the pudding.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588342195
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
09/19/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
Acknowledgments9
Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds11
Select Bibliography273
Select Webliography275
Index of Entries277

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