Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases by Webb GarrisonWhy You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases by Webb Garrison

Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases

byWebb Garrison

Paperback | March 15, 2010

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Are you more likely .. .

to take the bull by the horns or beat around the bush? Don't let anyone call you on the carpet for failing to put your best foot forward. That would be a bitter pill to swallow. In the long run, it's easier to just bite the bullet and get your ducks in a row. After all, nobody likes the taste of humble pie.

You've likely uttered at least one of these adages within the last week, but have you ever stopped to consider where such conversational staples originated? Why You Say It reveals the backstory of more than six hundred words and phrases that pepper our everyday dialogue. This catalog of our language's most colorful expressions delivers an illuminating read for anyone curious about the evolution of words.

 

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book. Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
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Title:Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind over 600 Everyday Words and PhrasesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1595552995

ISBN - 13:9781595552990

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from It didn't "Make the Grade" I got to admit I find it kind of funny when people use clichés at the wrong time or have no idea what they mean...but I am always terrified that it will happen to me. So when I saw this book I thought it was a neat idea. So I requested the book, and even though I was excited at first, it slowly dwindled. I definitely got bored after a few explanations. There were a few that were interesting but the others were just self explanatory. I mean after I read it I got annoyed, because there was no need for there to been an explanation on something that was so simple. So I felt like I wasted time and so I got bored. But on the other hand there were many that were interesting, and humorous. It would be a good learning tool at times, because there are a few history lessons, but nothing you couldn’t find online. It could have been laid out better as well, to make it more of a reference book. Overall I’m not sure I would spend money on it. At least I now know what things mean and can let go of my fear of miss using them :)
Date published: 2010-04-07