Green-Eyed Monsters and Good Samaritans

Paperback | March 3, 2006

byLeonard Mann

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How King Midas's touch became golden and other stories behind everyday phrases, idioms, and literary allusions

Finding silver would not spark the same excitement if all a prospector could say was, There it is! nor would anyone be menacing with the moniker Arthur the Somewhat Disgruntled. But thanks to thousands of years of evolving language, we have words and phrases like Eureka! and Attila the Hun that bring color and vibrancy to our conversations and our writing.

Unfortunately, often lost in the millennia is the history of how these sayings came to be. Green-Eyed Monsters and Good Samaritans uncovers the tales behind more than 175 phrases, drawing from the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, the works of Shakespeare, and other literary resources.

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How King Midas's touch became golden and other stories behind everyday phrases, idioms, and literary allusionsFinding silver would not spark the same excitement if all a prospector could say was, There it is! nor would anyone be menacing with the moniker Arthur the Somewhat Disgruntled. But thanks to thousands of years of evolving lan...

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Eureka! This book will send wordsmiths and language lovers alike to seventh heavenHe's a Good Samaritan. It's time to pay the piper. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. We use phrases like these all the time, but did you ever wonder why? Why isn't he a Good Norwegian? Is it ever time to pay the drummer? And why do we avo...

Leonard Mann is a retired minister and the author of many books. He lives in Lancaster, Ohio.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.61 inPublished:March 3, 2006Publisher:McGraw-HillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071460837

ISBN - 13:9780071460835

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