I Didn't Know that: From "ants in the Pants" to "wet Behind the Ears"--the Unusual Origins of the Things We Say

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Karlen Evins
Simon and Schuster, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 156 pages
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Every common expression has a history, and it's often not what one would expect. I Didn't Know That offers a lighthearted yet enlightening look at the unusual origins of hundreds of words and sayings that pepper our language. From "ants in the pants" (a questionable old English home remedy) to the "whole nine yards" (which has nothing to do with lengths of fabric), here are the surprising and often amusing stories behind the phrases we use every day.

Karlen Evins fills in the background of these words and phrases and many more in fun, fascinating stories. If you've ever caught yourself wondering just how we came to say such curious things as "dressed to the nines" and "nincompoop," this clever little book will have you smiling and saying, "I Didn't Know That!"

 

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I Didn't Know That: From "Ants in the Pants" to "Wet Behind the Ears"--the Unusual Origins of the Things We Say

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This handy reference provides history for a slew of terms and turns of phrases Americans use nearly every day. A Tennessee radio producer and on-air personality, Evins has been "collecting words ... Read full review

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This was another informational fun read. You find out where all the expressions from "Ants in the Pants" to "Zippers" come from. Some things you may already know, but sometimes there is more than one ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Karlen Evinsis the producer and cohost of the national radio talk showBeyond Reason. In a journalism career spanning nearly twenty years, she has aired programs that have run the gamut from politics to the paranormal to celebrity interviews. A lifelong Tennessee resident, Karlen lives in Nashville with her two dogs, Ike and Minsky. Please visit www.karlenevins.com .

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