Why Do We Say It?

Why Do We Say It?

by Castle Books, Frank Oppel
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Why Do We Say It? by Castle Books, Frank Oppel

How did lollypops get their name? What's long about a longshoreman? Why do we pass the buck? The answers are in this fascinating volume. The intriguing origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions are here, organized in a handy alphabetical format. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, this book is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and enjoy doing it. The hardcover edition makes a wonderful gift for readers and writers, scholars and students. Uncover the mysteries of the modern English language and share the facts and trivia with your family and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555210106
Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 110,727
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.03(d)

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Why Do We Say It? 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sarahbethchris More than 1 year ago
This is so interesting. I was really happy to get some background on some of the weird expressions I hear all the time. I didn't grow up speaking English so it's extra-helpful for me and I always tell my parents about some English phrases.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I find the book a lot of fun. The English language is full of colorful expressions and I have often wondered about their origins. What's the origin of the word 'bootleg'? Of 'deadline'? Why do people say 'that takes the cake'? If you're curious about such expressions, you might want to read this book. (I confess I occasionally want to get someone's goat.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most inane book I have ever purchased by mistake. It has entries like, 'Have you ever wondered about the saying, 'God Bless the Duke of Argyle?'' No, because I've never heard that saying. Writing seems to be for second graders. Avoid.