Black Sheep and Lame Ducks: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day

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The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants

Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "call a spade a spade?" These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or no idea where most of them come from. In Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and ...

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Overview


The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants

Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "call a spade a spade?" These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or no idea where most of them come from. In Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and often bizarre-origins of hundreds of their favorite idioms and expressions.

For example, "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from the Middle Ages, when a lady would "give her heart" in the form of a handkerchief pinned to the sleeve of a knight who was about to go into battle. And calling someone the "black sheep in the family" refers to a thousands- year-old belief that a black lamb in a flock was unpopular because its fleece was undyeable and therefore less valuable.

With Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, any language-lover can feel like a "Smart Aleck"-and also know exactly who that was.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399535123
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 686,738
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Jack’s Red Herrings and White Elephants was a huge international hit and was on the bestsellers list for sixteen months. His second, Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was another success: selling over 70,000 copies. He is also the author of That's Bollocks! (all the strangest, sickest, funniest and most unforgettable urban legends as told in Jack's inimitable style) and Albert Jack's Ten-Minute Mysteries.

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    Posted April 10, 2014

    Coal Spark to Nitro

    Can I be a member of the resistance?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    The fallen part 3

    I stare in shock. My enemy is one of the 4 fallen. "Why would you set down you're duties?" I ask. He stiffled a laugh and said "are you the so called unstoppable?" I had no clue what he asked me. "Okay kid i will tell you. You know that a fallen is given the powers to stop evil right. I thought to myself why would i need to do that? I had power just to stop evil. After a while i got bored with powers and stuff. Well i decided to turn evil because of all that power in my hooves. Take over the galaxy. The end." I said "you could've been anything else besides evil why evil?" "Nice knowing ya kid but i better be on my way." *i knew i could escape but i want to reveal my powers only when i need to* *Lucky me i was still in my suit* *i broke free with my key hand* * i managed to escape* *the fallen stared at me* "I am your father Nitro." *i stare back and say* "Isamu?"

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    Bloody Night to Nitro

    I wanna be in it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Interesting enough

    Although I suspect the book will never be in the league of a national best seller, some of the information was quite interesting.

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