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Cassell Dictionary Word & Phrase Origins By Nigel Rees

Cassell Dictionary Word & Phrase Origins
by Nigel Rees

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Why do we say a person is the "spitting image" of someone else, or "take a rain check"? These questions are rarely answered by conventional dictionaries, but this book takes a wide-ranging approach to problems of etymology, challenging a few long-held theories on the way.
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Cassell Dictionary Word & Phrase Origins Summary


Cassell Dictionary Word & Phrase Origins by Nigel Rees

'Why do we say...?' is the question that lies behind every entry in CASSELL'S DICTIONARY OF WORD AND PHRASE ORIGINS. Why do we say a person makes money 'hand over fist' or is the 'spitting image' of someone else? Why do we say 'the full monty' or 'don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs'? These are the sort of questions that conventional dictionaries rarely answer, and that more specialised books all too frequently deal with in a cavalier fashion. This book, by contrast, takes an informed and wide-ranging approach to problems of etymology, challenging a few cherished theories on the way, and coming up with some surprising conclusions.

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About Nigel Rees


Nigel Rees is the author of over 50 books, including the CASSELL DICTIONARY OF HUMOROUS QUOTATIONS and the CASSELL COMPANION TO QUOTATIONS. He is the deviser and presenter of BBC Radio's QUOTE...UNQUOTE, through which he has become an authority on the popular use of language in slogans, catchphrases, cliches, idioms and quotations.

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GOR000616453
Cassell Dictionary Word & Phrase Origins by Nigel Rees
Nigel Rees
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Orion Publishing Co
2002-03-14
288
0304362255
9780304362257
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