Common Phrases: And Where They Come From

Overview

Have you ever let the cat out of the bag? Or tried to bury the hatchet with an old enemy? How many times have you looked outside and it was raining cats and dogs? This is just a small sampling of the dozens of silly phrases we all use and hear regularly—but does anyone really know where these sayings came from or what they even mean? Common Phrases and Where They Come From, Second Edition, offers over two hundred of these quirky idioms and explores the intriguing origins and history behind each. Learn the ...

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Overview

Have you ever let the cat out of the bag? Or tried to bury the hatchet with an old enemy? How many times have you looked outside and it was raining cats and dogs? This is just a small sampling of the dozens of silly phrases we all use and hear regularly—but does anyone really know where these sayings came from or what they even mean? Common Phrases and Where They Come From, Second Edition, offers over two hundred of these quirky idioms and explores the intriguing origins and history behind each. Learn the derivation of some of your favorite phrases, including:Crocodile tears Apple of my eye Even Steven Mad moneyThree sheets to the wind Piping hot

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"Wordsmiths everywhere will be delighted."—Publishers Weekly "Entertaining and enlightening."—Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599213071
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 345,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Myron Korach was born in 1901 and received a law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1929. While he attended law school, Korach taught immigrants to read and write, his first experience with their difficulties with idioms. John Mordock, a psychologist by training, has published six books and numerous articles in professional journals. An avid fly fisherman, he has also published articles in outdoor magazines.

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Table of Contents


Preface     iv
Hammer Out     vii
Big Daddies     1
Scrapes     20
Toothbrush Day     44
Cardinal Sins     66
Rigmarole     75
Handles     88
Grub     119
Spring Chicken     131
Top Banana     141
Kindred Spirits     154
To Make a Point     171
Index     183
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