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The Cassell Dictionary of Catchphrases

The Cassell Dictionary of Catchphrases

Author: Nigel Rees

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304349666

Category: Americanisms

Page: 230

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This is an entertaining guide to the myriad popular expressions and sayings that pepper the language. The dictionary not only explains the meanings of over 1200 expressions, but also shows where they came from and how thay became popular

Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

Author: Nigel Rees

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304362255

Category: Reference

Page: 274

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For those keen to understand where sayings and words came from, this dictionary is an ideal reference work. It gives over 1200 examples of sayings and words from all over the Anglophone world as well as their derivation.

Cassell's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Cassell's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Author: Adrian Room

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304357669

Category: Reference

Page: 416

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The English language is packed with imported words and phrases from languages ancient and modern and CASSELL'S FOREIGN WORDS AND PHRASES is an engrossing guide. This book goes far beyond the partial coverage of conventional dictionaries and includes a vast range of everyday vocabulary, specialist terms and famous tags and mottos. Each entry is defined and dated with details of derivation and pronunciation.

In a Manner of Speaking

In a Manner of Speaking

Author: Colin McNairn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781632208989

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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What do “the whole kit and caboodle,” “the whole shebang,” “the whole megillah,” “the whole enchilada,” “the whole nine yards,” “the whole box and dice,” and “the full Monty” have in common? They’re all expressions that mean “the entire quantity,” and they’re all examples of the breadth and depth of the English-speaking world’s vocabulary. From the multitude of words and phrases in daily use, the author of this delightful exploration into what we say and why we say it zeroes in on those expressions and sayings and their variations that are funny, quirky, just plain folksy, or playfully dressed up in rhyme or alliteration. Some may have become clichés that, as it’s said with “tongue in cheek,” should be “avoided like the plague.” Others have been distorted, deemed politically incorrect, or shrouded in mystery and must bear some explanation. Among the topics the author delves into are expressions that shouldn’t be taken literally (“dressed to kill” and “kick the bucket”), foreign expressions that crept into English (“carte blanche,” “carpe diem,” and “que sera, sera”), phrases borrowed from print ads and TV commercials (“where there’s life, there’s Bud” and “where the rubber meets the road”), animal images (“a barrel of monkeys” and “chasing your tail”), and food and drink (“cast your bread upon the water,” “chew the fat,” “bottom’s up!”, and “drink as a lord”). Here’s a book for everyone who delights in the mysteries of language and the perfect gift for all the “wordies” in your life.