Who Said That First?: The Curious Origins of Common Words and Phrases

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Summersdale Publishers, 2011 - English language - 224 pages

Who first wrote 'absence makes the heart grow fonder', 'accidentally on purpose' or 'no pain, no gain?'

Did you know that there is no evidence Queen Victoria said 'We are not amused' or Marie Antoinette proclaimed 'Let them eat cake', but 'iron curtain' was in use for 40 years before Winston Churchill said it, and we have P. G. Wodehouse to thank for 'straight from the horse's mouth'?

This witty and accessible compendium reveals the obscure origins of over 500 common phrases, dispelling myths and offering plenty of fascinating facts to delight the trivia-holic in all of us.

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Who Said That First?

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This latest title in the popular `history of language' genre attempts to identify the original sources of some of the most common expressions in the English language. We all use them, or at least we ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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

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