Why Do We Say It?

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How did lollypops get their name? What's long about a longshoreman? Why do we pass the buck? The answers are in this fascinating volume. The intriguing origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions are here, organized in a handy alphabetical format. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, this book is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and enjoy doing it. The hardcover edition makes a wonderful gift for readers and writers, scholars and students. Uncover the mysteries of the modern English ...

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Overview

How did lollypops get their name? What's long about a longshoreman? Why do we pass the buck? The answers are in this fascinating volume. The intriguing origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions are here, organized in a handy alphabetical format. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, this book is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and enjoy doing it. The hardcover edition makes a wonderful gift for readers and writers, scholars and students. Uncover the mysteries of the modern English language and share the facts and trivia with your family and friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555210106
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 116,790
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Fun for Language Lovers

    I find the book a lot of fun. The English language is full of colorful expressions and I have often wondered about their origins. What's the origin of the word 'bootleg'? Of 'deadline'? Why do people say 'that takes the cake'? If you're curious about such expressions, you might want to read this book. (I confess I occasionally want to get someone's goat.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK

    This is the most inane book I have ever purchased by mistake. It has entries like, 'Have you ever wondered about the saying, 'God Bless the Duke of Argyle?'' No, because I've never heard that saying. Writing seems to be for second graders. Avoid.

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