Things Your Grandparents Used to Say: The Wise, the Witty, and the Weird

Things Your Grandparents Used to Say: The Wise, the Witty, and the Weird

by Jack L. Shagena

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Overview

American settlers brought a diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural heritage to a new unsettled frontier. In scattered geographic regions, this melding of language and expressions created a plethora of quaint sayings that today permeate our language. These old linguistic gems of wisdom effortlessly and unconsciously fall off our tongues and even today smoothly integrate into the American cultural landscape.

Examples can be heard in how we, imprecisely although effectively, refer to increasing periods of time:

In the blink of an eye
In the flash of a pan
In two shakes of a lamb's tail
Before you can say...
At the crack of dawn
Not in your lifetime
Rome wasn't built in a day
Until hell freezes over

These are but a small sampling of the more than 3,000 sayings found in this book, which are cataloged in a new format that makes their meanings easier to comprehend. They will both astound and delight you, and in the process provide a new dimension of enrichment to your speech.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977686629
Publisher: Shagena, Jack L., Jr.
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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