Lord Sandwich and the Pants Man: Discover the people and places hidden in everyday words

Lord Sandwich and the Pants Man: Discover the people and places hidden in everyday words

by Eamon Evans
     
 

Be astounded and amused as you uncover the origins of some of the world’s most popular words and phrases! In Lord Sandwich and the Pants Man, Eamon Evans gives you a guide to the hidden history of the people and places that live on in our tongues. Ever wanted to know what "Peeping Tom" was peeping at? Was Nike the Greek goddess of victory? Did Captain Fudge

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Be astounded and amused as you uncover the origins of some of the world’s most popular words and phrases! In Lord Sandwich and the Pants Man, Eamon Evans gives you a guide to the hidden history of the people and places that live on in our tongues. Ever wanted to know what "Peeping Tom" was peeping at? Was Nike the Greek goddess of victory? Did Captain Fudge regularly "fudge" his facts? Lord Cardigan really did love knitwear, and Parker really was nosey. Chauvin was a chauvinist, the Vandals were a destructive tribe, and the Zealots were an intolerant sect. Women call men "guys" because of Guy Fawkes, and a boycott wouldn’t be a boycott without Charles Boycott. Sadly, Julius Caesar did not invent the Caesar salad, and chauffeurs have nothing to do with cars and everything to do with crime. Evans’s humorous collection of common eponyms shares the stories behind words and phrases popular throughout the world. Insightful and witty, Lord Sandwich is original and entertaining and is sure to impress any sad sack.

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"Evans has compiled a tome of weird and wonderful words with style. This book is charming despite itself, silly and scholarly all at once, a great resource for word nerds everywhere." ~Citybookreview.com

"If you love words, and finding out some of the hows, whys and often whos behind expressions we hear and use every day, this book is a real doozy..." ~americanprofile.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781742702599
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,309,548
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.97(d)

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