March Hares And Monkeys Uncles

Author: Harry Oliver
Editor: Metro Publishing, Limited
ISBN: 9781844546701
Size: 10,14 MB
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Whilst we might choose our words carefully, we rarely think about the origins behind the many phrases, place names and expressions we use everyday. Yet, behind these words lies a fascinating story, steeped in the weird and wonderful history and traditions of everyday life. From hundreds of commonplace and more quirky terms, to names of streets, cities and public houses, this fascinating and fun book answers the questions you've always had about the wonderful language we all use, yet seldom think about.So if it's all Greek to you and seems like hocus pocus, for Pete's sake don't be left on tenderhooks, have a gander at this idiosyncractic tome. Make no bones about it - it's the bee's knees!

Bees Knees And Barmy Armies Origins Of The Words And Phrases We Use Every Day

Author: Harry Oliver
Editor: Metro Publishing
ISBN: 1857829441
Size: 17,62 MB
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Every day we pepper our speech with hundreds of phrases, place names and expressions, but rarely do we think about their origins. If we did, we'd be in for a treat, because the stories behind our sayings are often fascinating, amusing and intriguing. Following on from the bestselling March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles, once again Harry Oliver has delved deep into the history behind hundreds of terms in our endlessly rich language, and produced a tome packed with answers to the questions you might ask about the words and phrases we all use but rarely stop to ponder. From ancient idioms to up-to-the-minute lingo, this book has it all.

Uncle John S 24 Karat Gold Bathroom Reader

Author: Bathroom Readers' Institute
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1607106558
Size: 10,90 MB
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Uncle John’s 24th flagship edition is glittering with more than 500 all-new pages of absorbing material that prove once again why Uncle John makes the best-selling bathroom-reading series in the world. Uncle John’s 24th flagship edition glitters with more than 500 all-new pages of absorbing material that prove once again why Uncle John makes the best-selling bathroom-reading series in the world. The information miners at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute have unearthed a priceless collection of surprising, amazing, wow-inducing, and hilarious articles. Divided by length for your sitting convenience, 24-Karat Gold is chock-full of little-known history, random origins, weird news, celebrity secrets, urban legends, dumb criminals, clever wordplay, quirky quotations, and more. Just go to any page--who knows what treasures await you? Some samples: * Judges Gone Wild * The Barbie Scandals * Canada’s Underpants King * The History of the Umbrella * America’s Forbidden Island * Helen Keller: Vaudeville Star * The Double A-bomb Survivors * Mind Your Zarfs and Wambles * What the Hokey Pokey is Really All About And much, much more!

What Is English

Author: Tim William Machan
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191668362
Size: 18,25 MB
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What is English? Can we be as certain as we usually are when we say something is not English? To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them. Finding an account that fits the constantly changing varieties of English is, Tim Machan finds, anything but simple. But he rises to the challenge, grappling with its elusive essence through episodes in its history. He looks at the ambitions of Caxton, the preoccupations of Johnson, and the eloquence of Churchill, tussles with the jargons of contemporary business, and pursues his object from rural America to James Cook's Australia. He examines creoles, pidgins, and dialects, and takes apart competing histories showing their assumptions and prejudices. Finally he reveals the stable category English, resting paradoxically within its constantly mutating forms and varieties. This is a book for everyone interested in English and the role of language in society and culture.

In A Manner Of Speaking

Author: Colin McNairn
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1632208989
Size: 18,53 MB
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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.

Flying Pigs And Nosey Parkers

Author: Harry Oliver
Editor: Metro Publishing, Limited
ISBN: 9781844548453
Size: 18,44 MB
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A fascinating and fun look at the origins of words and phrases we use everyday.

Cat Flaps And Mousetraps

Author: Harry Oliver
Editor: Metro Publishing, Limited
ISBN: 9781843581925
Size: 12,53 MB
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Harry Oliver reveals the most diverting and amusing stories that lie behind the objects and inventions that we take for granted, from household items to the technology that fills our world.