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.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.