All Gong and No Dinner: Homely Phrases and Curious Domestic Saying

All Gong and No Dinner: Homely Phrases and Curious Domestic Saying

by Nigel Rees

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All Gong and No Dinner: Homely Phrases and Curious Domestic Saying by Nigel Rees

Over the last 30 years, hundreds of thousands of listeners of Quote…Unquote have written to Nigel Rees to share informal sayings from everyday life. These have taken the form of domestic catchphrases, family sayings (often unique to a particular family), household words, rhymes, old wives' sayings, and proverbial wisdom. Often they were accompanied by a request as to whether anybody else knew of them. Nigel Rees has searched for the origins of hundreds of these conversation clippings, which together form the basis of the book. Illustrating every aspect of domestic life, from phrases to describe our less respectable neighbors, to the 'nannyisms' we heard as a child, they are guaranteed to raise a smile.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007249350
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Nigel Rees is one of the UK’s most prestigious wordsmiths, and is regarded as one of the world authorities on English usage. He is the author of over 50 reference books. His Radio 4 show Quote…Unquote is one of the longest running quiz shows in the world and his newsletter has a wide and influential circulation.

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