Why Do We Say It?
Castle Books, Nov 29, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 286 pages
How did lollypops get their name? What's long about a longshoreman? Why do we pass the buck? The answers are in this fascinating volume. The intriguing origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions are here, organized in a handy alphabetical format. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, this book is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and enjoy doing it. The hardcover edition makes a wonderful gift for readers and writers, scholars and students. Uncover the mysteries of the modern English language and share the facts and trivia with your family and friends.
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Review: Why Do We Say It?User Review - Skjam! - Goodreads
As the subtitle on the cover suggest, this book is about words and phrases used in English, and where they came from. It's primarily in alphabetical order, except for some quizzes with answers at the ... Read full review
Review: Why Do We Say It?User Review - Suzq! - Goodreads
Out of date phrases and terms were the first disappointment with this book. The next was the, often, weak reason (answering "why"). Additionally, some of the "reasons" were simply - wrong. Furthermore, it seems to be rather British based. Read full review