Heavens to Betsy!: & Other Curious Sayings

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Harper Collins, Oct 22, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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He's as mad as a hatter!

Whether it's like a bump on a log or a bat out of hell, these expressions have been around forever, but we've never really known why ... until now! Finally Dr. Funk explains more than 400 droll, colorful, and sometimes pungent expressions of everyday speech. Derived from classical sources, historic events, famous literature, frontier humor, and the frailties of humankind, each of these sayings has an interesting story behind its origin.

If you've ever wondered why when you're in a hurry you are told to hold your horses, wonder no more!

 

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

A somewhat interesting book. Most of the sayings in it are archaic now, and I'm not sure the author has all his facts right, but there is enough interesting to at least skim through it. Read full review

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User Review  - ThothJ - LibraryThing

A fascinating trip down the history of our language's vocabulary and witticisms. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
vii
Section 2
21
Section 3
31
Section 4
182
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About the author (2002)

Charles Earle Funk was editor in chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series. He wrote several other books on word and phrase origins, including Horsefeathers, Heavens to Betsy!, and Thereby Hangs a Tale.

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