Have you ever wondered where terms like `end of your tether', `gets my goat' or `letting ones hair down' come from? Or why we call some people `geezers', `sugar daddies' or `lounge lizards'? Or where the words `eavesdropping', `nickname' and `D-Day' come from? They are just a few of the many words and phrases that language expert Max Cryer examines in this fact-filled and fun new book. Max explains where these curious expressions come from, what they mean and how they are used. Along the way he tells a host of colourful anecdotes and dispels quite a few myths - Did Churchill originate the phrase `black dog'? And if `ivory tower' can be found in the Bible, why has its meaning changed so drastically? Curious English Words and Phrases is a treasure trove for lovers of language. Informative, amusing and value for money, this book is `the real McCoy'. From `couch potato' to `Bob's your uncle', you'll find the explanation here!
Publisher: Exisle Publishing ISBN: 9781925335873 Number of pages: 432 Dimensions: 210 x 133 mm Edition: Second Edition
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