Common Phrases: And the Amazing Stories Behind Them

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 319 pages
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In day-to-day speech we use words and phrases without a passing thought as towhy we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showinghow fascinating the English language really is. Did you know that the formerhost of Today, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the term “bad hair day,” or thata CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the name and use of “cannedlaughter” for television, or that “cold turkey” as a term for quitting somethingimmediately was popularized by the novel and movie (starring Frank Sinatra),The Man with the Golden Arm? Here you'll learn the origins of “credibility gap,”“my lips are sealed,” “the opera's not over until the fat lady sings,” “supermarket,”“supermodel,” “there's no accounting for taste,” “thick as thieves,” and hundredsmore. For anyone who loves language, this new book will “take the cake.”

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This is a fascinating volume and an oddity from ALA publishing. It turns out that you can purchase quantities of this title from Skyhorse for promotional giving and gifts. It is a fun compilation of ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Max Cryer is a writer and entertainer. He has performed in London, LasVegas, and Hollywood and is the author of Common Phrases and Love Me Tender , a book about theworld's favorite love songs. He lives in New Zealand.

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