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2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings and Expressions [Hardcover]

Charles Earle
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 988 pages
  • Publisher: Galahad Books,U.S. (Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883658453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883658451
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.6 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fascinating reference includes four previously published best-selling titles--A Hog on Ice, Thereby Hangs a Tale, Heavens to Betsy! and Horsefeathers and Other Curious Words.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge is POWER 7 Jan 2012
Excellent book for those with a distinct need to know where 'that saying' came from, full of information. Bought it as a Christmas present, GREAT idea!

Only downside... Price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars B ook Review 24 Feb 2014
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A comprehensive book on old English sayings. Just what I wanted. In good condition and worth the money. Why did it come from America
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service 18 Nov 2010
By Jan
Delivery service was good, although took slightly longer than I would have liked, however was within stated time frame.
Condition on arrival was excellent, packed well.
Great book for the coffee table and suitable for all the family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let The Cat Out of The Bag! 9 Aug 2000
By "goldcoastreviews" - Published on Amazon.com
Oh Horsefeathers! Get the word out! This book is over 900 pages of entertaining trivia of cliches, word origins, historic events, classical literature, and even frontier humor plus MORE!
Author, Charles Earie Funk, (yes of Funk & Wagnalls fame) has included four previous bestselling titles, "A Hog On Ice", "Thereby Hangs", "A Tale", "Heavens To Betsy", and "Horsefeathers".
I always enjoy referring back to this fun book. It also makes for a good ice-breaker at a party or even a family gathering. Want to distract pinch-cheeking Auntie Rose? Let her have a gander at "2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings and Expressions".
Warning--once you start thumbing through this, you'll be speaking in cliches for days!
Superb educational fun for all ages.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For trivia buffs, crossword addicts and etomologists everwhe 30 Jan 2002
By Kimberly M Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I came across this book at a local bookstore that had a selection of books for word lovers. I perused it while I drank my frappacino, and soon was convinced I had to take it home with me. It is the most intriguing book I have ever read. It is formatted like a dictionary, but for everyone who loves word origin and other trivia, you will come back to it time and again. It is an example of useless knowledge at its best. The history of the word "omelette" is absolutely fascinating, and the evolution in the pronunciation of "one" intrigues me. They still can't decide where "hobo" comes from.
I should mention one minute drawback--the man who first wrote these books (and his son continues the tradition) lived at the beginning of the twentieth century, so the book isn't as "hip" as the title would seem to indicate. If you aren't already interested in words, this won't get you going.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Expecting 22 Oct 2010
By Viper - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book is interesting, it was not what I was expecting. I was looking for a book that was more about expressions in the form of phrases. While there are some within, the majority were just explanations of single words. Not exactly what I was looking for.

Another thing, this book is very thick, which is something that I wasn't expecting either. No big deal, but something to keep in mind for others like myself who don't have a lot of storage space for such things.

Don't get me wrong, the book is good for what it is, as long as you know what you're getting. I apparently didn't.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Hard to follow 23 Feb 2006
By GixxxerKim - Published on Amazon.com
You know those books that use too many of these. . . 1888 (ci) [belg.] having to do with or related to: (types of) {relative to}. . . Kinda hard to follow with all that jargon. Simple phrases aren't in there. Index doesn't really organize the words or phrases well. It is almost written like a dictionary but not in alphabetical order. The book didn't focus on phrases as much as it did single words like "cannibal" and "catacomb" and so on.

Not what I expected (very big and bulky book). I reccomend Heavens To Betsy & Other Curious Sayings but since the republishing of it (2002) it seems it has changed. Oh well
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun 15 Feb 2003
By Therese Yeaton - Published on Amazon.com
What a fun book! We often pull this one off the shelf when we use an expression and wonder where it comes from. It is a book that invites browsing, and is hard to close once you are into it. We've learned all sorts of great stuff from this book, and since language does not develop in a void, what we have gleaned from this book has led us to research and learning about other areas as well.
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