Why Do We Say It?: The Stories Behind the Words, Expressions and Cliches We Use
Castle Books, 1985 - 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 - Nicole Yovanoff - Goodreads
If I were British, I would be more familiar with the slang and phrases in the book and enjoy it more. Often there were no definitions for the modern phrase and became irrelevant to me. Plus often the ... Read full review
Review: Why Do We Say It?User Review - Heather Layne - Goodreads
Entertaining to read in bits and pieces now and then. Some of the words or phrases I wished had a little more information, but overall it was well-written and well-presented. Read full review