Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions

Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions


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Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions by Charles E. Funk, Tom Funk, Tom Funk

He's as independent as a hog on ice!

Where did expressions like this come from anyway?

Now finally we'll know what "letting the cat out of the bag" or "going on a wild-goose chase" refers to. In this fun collection of more than 400 curious expressions and sayings, Dr. Funk explains the meanings that we use in everyday speech without even thinking about it. He has traced them back through the years — in some cases centuries — in an effort to determine their sources, to find out what the original allusions were, or at the very least, to give us his expert opinion when facts cannot be traced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060513290
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 888,339
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Charles Earle Funk was editor in chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series. He wrote several other books on word and phrase origins, including Horsefeathers, Heavens to Betsy!, and Thereby Hangs a Tale.

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Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of expressions and phrases told you what you wanted to know and didn't leave anything out. Everything from where it came from, to original uses and also the modern day meanings. Every story behind the phrases gives a whole new meaning to common every day expressions. You are able to learn and not be bored by the facts. An idex allows you to find the expressions that you want to understand and skip the rest. It was an easy read and one that I really enjoyed.