Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins by Linda Flavell

Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins by Linda Flavell

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An idiom is an expression whose words do not mean what they say. This edition examines over 500 such phrases, tracing each one's source and history through a supply of examples. It includes playing fast and loose, head over heels, and knee-high to a grasshopper. It contains mini-essays that expand on themes such as: What is an idiom; and others.
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The English language contains a vast store of idioms that can be used in creative and forceful ways. This totally revised and greatly expanded edition of Dictionary of Idioms examines over 500 such phrases, tracing each one's source and history through a rich supply of examples. New entries include 'playing fast and loose' (from a 16th-century fairground game), 'head over heels' (a totally illogical variation on the more sensible 'heels over head') and 'knee-high to a grasshopper' (which won out over knee-high to a mosquito and knee-high to a toad). Mini-essays scattered through the book enable the authors to expand on such broader themes as: What is an Idiom?, National Rivalries and the Old Curiosity Shop of Linguistics. While maintaining scholarly accuracy, Linda and Roger Flavell convey their great love of the curious in language in a way that will be irresistible to anyone who delights in words.

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SKU GOR001581817
Title Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins
Author By (author) Linda Flavell
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Kyle Books
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 216
ISBN 10 1856266648
ISBN 13 9781856266642
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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The English language contains a vast store of idioms that can be used in creative and forceful ways. This totally revised and greatly expanded edition of Dictionary of Idioms examines over 500 such phrases, tracing each one's source and history through a rich supply of examples. New entries include 'playing fast and loose' (from a 16th-century fairground game), 'head over heels' (a totally illogical variation on the more sensible 'heels over head') and 'knee-high to a grasshopper' (which won out over knee-high to a mosquito and knee-high to a toad). Mini-essays scattered through the book enable the authors to expand on such broader themes as: What is an Idiom?, National Rivalries and the Old Curiosity Shop of Linguistics. While maintaining scholarly accuracy, Linda and Roger Flavell convey their great love of the curious in language in a way that will be irresistible to anyone who delights in words.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001581817
Title Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins
Author By (author) Linda Flavell
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Kyle Books
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 216
ISBN 10 1856266648
ISBN 13 9781856266642
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No

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