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

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by Webb Garrison
     
 

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A repository of over 600 explanations of the meanings behind everyday phrases, as well as a fascinating look at how word meanings have changed over time. A great resource for the writer, reader, historian, trivia expert, or the simply curious. Check out these examples:

Shindig A veteran square dance caller will tell you that bruised shins result from the

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A repository of over 600 explanations of the meanings behind everyday phrases, as well as a fascinating look at how word meanings have changed over time. A great resource for the writer, reader, historian, trivia expert, or the simply curious. Check out these examples:

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

Bikini Men who saw the revealing bikini for the first time reacted as if it were an atom bomb, so the new bathing suit was named after the Pacific island where the atom bomb was famously tested.

Sideburns Ambrose E. Burnside twice refused command of the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War - only to finally accept the post under stern orders from President Lincoln. He was three-time governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator. Yet despite his multifaceted role in history, Burnside is primarily remembered by the term "sideburns" - named for his flamboyant style of facial hair (and a convenient inversion of his name.)

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ISBN-13:
9781567313055
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.51(h) x 1.10(d)

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