The Real McCoy: Why We Say the Things We Say

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Overview

English is incredibly rich language, full of colorful and unusual phrases and expressions. This entertaining book illuminates the question of why we say the things we say. The Real McCoy gives the fascinating stories behind hundreds of the most interesting and commonly used idioms in the English language-from 'black sheep' to 'mad hatter' they're all here. Each phrase has been thoroughly researched to uncover its origins and the way it has been used in the past. The book includes a section focusing on idioms linked by a common theme, such as phrases coined by Shakespeare, nautical phrases, or phrases with Biblical origin.

Written in a lively and approachable style,The Real McCoy includes specially commissioned cartoons to illustrate the idioms making this great book a truly entertaining look at the colorful side of the English language.

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"Addictive reading for verbivores and fine browsing material for everyone else."—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192806116
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,013,958
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A-Z entries 3
Special Panels
Animals 8
Biblical expressions 22
Colours 36
Eating and drinking 56
Foreign countries 68
Legends and myths 104
Nautical expressions 122
Parts of the body 136
Shakespeare's plays 154
Sport 162
Thematic index 192
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