A Word in Your Ear
"A companion volume to The Words We Use, this book collects many unusual words, phrases and definitions which have given joy and pleasure to readers of the author's Irish Times column of the last few years. Drawing on his own wit, a wide range of sources and the inspiration of his readers, this collection clearly illustrates the author's delight in language and his passion for words. This book should bring much joy and amusement to young and old alike."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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