101 Things You Say All the Time: And Have No Idea What You're Talking About!

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Xlibris Corporation, Aug 9, 2011 - Humor - 209 pages
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We all use these expressions to a greater or lesser extent because they are helpful. They constitute a kind of verbal shorthand by which we can express our intentions and our emotions. We are on cloud nine or in the pink. We are under the weather or at sixes and sevens. Sometimes things pan out, or they just aren't up to snuff. We know what we mean when we say these things, but we don't always know what we're talking about. How did these expressions come into the language? What are we really saying when we're happy as a clam or three sheets to the wind? This book intends to give you some of the answers-while at the same time letting you have some fun. Three possible explanations as to origin are given for each commonly used expression. Only one is correct, and a number on the page that follows will tell you which one it is. The other two are simply fabrications, which I made up to confuse you. See if you can figure out which is which. See if you can separate the wheat from the chaff. CFA
 

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Contents

UP TO SNUFF
111
A DEAD RINGER
113
AT SIXES AND SEVENS
115
NAME WILL BE MUD
117
DEAD AS A DOORNAIL
119
A LOOSE CANNON
121
A SMART ALECK
123
IN THE PINK
125

RED TAPE
23
LUCKY STIFF
25
GILDING THE LILY
27
SWEARING A BLUE STREAK
29
IN THE DOLDRUMS
31
SWAN SONG
33
NOT GIVING A HOOT
35
TUCKERED OUT
37
THINGS PAN OUT
39
EATING CROW
41
EATING HUMBLE PIE
43
THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
45
BEYOND THE PALE
47
GETTING OFF SCOTFREE
49
A COCKANDBULL STORY
51
AS EASY AS PIE
53
GETTING THE UPPER HAND
55
A CAKEWALK
57
SPILLING THE BEANS
59
DUCKS IN A ROW
61
DRESSED TO A TEE
63
A DICEY SITUATION
65
GETTING THE WILLIES
67
SALAD DAYS
69
A WET BLANKET
71
FLASH IN THE PAN
73
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
75
GETTING A LEG UP
77
DOWN TO THE SHORT STROKES
79
CAUGHT REDHANDED
81
HAIR OF THE DOG
83
MIND YOUR PS AND QS
85
A RED HERRING
87
KICK THE BUCKET
89
FOR THE BIRDS
91
RAINING CATS AND DOGS
93
FLY IN THE OINTMENT
95
DYEDINTHEWOOL
97
BONING UP
99
THE WORM TURNS
101
RIGHT AS RAIN
103
ITS A DOOZY
105
HAPPY AS A CLAM
107
THE JIG IS UP
109
POSH
127
HOBSONS CHOICE
129
IN A PIGS EYE
131
FOR PETES SAKE
133
CUT TO THE CHASE
135
THE HAT TRICK
137
CLEAR AS A BELL
139
LETTING THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
141
PASSING THE BUCK
143
GOING TO THE DOGS
145
THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND
147
THE WRITING ON THE WALL
149
BY HOOK OR CROOK
151
NOT ONE RED CENT
153
EVEN STEVEN
155
PAYING THROUGH THE NOSE
157
DIRT POOR
159
A STUMBLING BLOCK
161
OKAY
163
BITE THE BULLET
165
UNDER THE WEATHER
167
SKELETON IN THE CLOSET
169
ON THE LAM
171
HUNKYDORY
173
WORTH HIS or HER SALT
175
FIT TO BE TIED
177
GREEN WITH ENVY
179
ON THE WAGON
181
GET YOUR GOAT
183
NOSEY PARKER
185
PAINT THE TOWN RED
187
BROWNIE POINTS
189
WITH BAITED BREATH
191
GOING COLD TURKEY
193
PULLING MY LEG
195
THE COLD SHOULDER
197
GOODY TWOSHOES
199
A SHOOIN
201
STOOL PIGEON
203
CHEWING THE FAT
205
GETTING COLD FEET
207
COPYRIGHT
209
CONTENTS
211
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