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A Word In Your Shell-Like [Paperback]

Nigel Rees
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Book Description

2 May 2006

Unravel the meaning, origin, and usage of over 6,000 phrases from book and film titles, idioms and cliches, to nicknames, slogans and quotations with this modern and entertaining guide to wonderful phrases by one of the world’s best-known wordsmiths.

The ideal replacement or complement to that tatty old copy of Brewer's Phrase and Fable most of us have about the house, A Word in Your Shell-Like is an entertaining look at both familiar and unfamiliar phrases by one of the key world authorities in English language reference. The articles also contain discussion of meaning, origin and usage.

Who was originally 'sold down the river'? Have you been told to 'Naff off'? Find out of whom it was said 'he couldn't chew gum and fart at the same time', who the 'catcher in the rye' was, and what it means to be 'caught between wind and water'. Few other word reference books are likely to increase your store of knowledge with such fun.


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007220871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007220878
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 16.3 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Nigel Rees should put a 'feather in his cap' for compiling this entertaining guide. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who likes to dabble in our language's rich heritage – “just what the doctor ordered”!’
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‘A treasury of stimulating excursions and digressions’ Guardian

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A modern, entertaining guide to the wonderful world of phrases, familiar and unfamiliar, by one of the world's best-known wordsmiths.

Unravel the meaning, origin and usage of over 6,000 phrases forom catchphrases, book and film titles, idioms, cliches, to nicknames, slogans and quotations.

Few other word reference books are likely to increase your store of knowledge with such fun. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase 9 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been amazed to find out where some of the sayings
that we use in everyday conversation have come from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Word In Your Shell-Like 13 May 2012
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A great book for looking at etymology of phrases that we use. Useful as a study aid for students setting out on the study of English language, too.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Move along .. nothing to see here. 10 July 2009
By DC
Format:Hardcover
Yaaawn. I thought that this would be a really interesting exposition about the development of idiomatic language. It's not. It's just more of Mr. Rees' re-hashed paperbacks of 'off the wall' or whatever they were called. Don't bother. If you do ... I bet you don't finish it.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good on 80's and 90's 18 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This would be a useful book for an old fogey who isn't aware of current phrases and wants to keep up with Grandchildren-but only if they are in their 20's and 30's ......so why bother????
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting 13 April 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Probably expected too much of this publication - thought it would take everyday sayings and explain their origin, which it does to an extent, but still falls very short.
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