Why Do We Say It?

Hardcover | June 1, 2014

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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.

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Language develops in funny ways, including the creation and absorption of expressions and clichés. This book covers many of them, explaining their origins and how they seeped into everyday language. Why Do We Say It? is a fun book to use in research or to just casually flip through. So the next time someone says to you flippantly, 'oh ...

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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 ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pagesPublished:June 1, 2014

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ISBN - 10:1555210104

ISBN - 13:9781555210106

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Language develops in funny ways, including the creation and absorption of expressions and clichés. This book covers many of them, explaining their origins and how they seeped into everyday language. Why Do We Say It? is a fun book to use in research or to just casually flip through. So the next time someone says to you flippantly, 'oh that's just a cock-and-bull story,' you can respond, 'oh you mean the derisive allusion to the fables of Aesop and others in which cocks moralize and bulls debate.' And that, my friend, is worth every penny of this low-priced book.