Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases

Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases

by Garrison Webb, Webb Garrison
     
 

The Fascinating stories behind over 600 everyday words and phrases such as...

Shindig - A veteran square dance caller will tell you that bruised shins result from the swigging feet of beginning dancers. A dance that leaves telltale marks on the lower legs of participants is a shindig.

Alibi - The word is taken straight from

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The Fascinating stories behind over 600 everyday words and phrases such as...

Shindig - A veteran square dance caller will tell you that bruised shins result from the swigging feet of beginning dancers. A dance that leaves telltale marks on the lower legs of participants is a shindig.

Alibi - The word is taken straight from Latin and means "elsewhere." The perfect "alibi" is to prove one was "elsewhere" when the deed was done.

And many more...

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Less a reference than an enjoyable read, this volume traces the origins of some 600 everyday words and phrases and how they have taken on new meanings over time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558531475
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
82
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.32(d)

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