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Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins [Paperback]

Linda Flavell , Roger Flavell
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2 Mar 2006 Dictionary
The English language contains a vast store of idioms that can be used in creative and forceful ways. This totally revised and greatly expanded edition of Dictionary of Idioms examines over 500 such phrases, tracing each one's source and history through a rich supply of examples. New entries include 'playing fast and loose' (from a 16th-century fairground game), 'head over heels' (a totally illogical variation on the more sensible 'heels over head') and 'knee-high to a grasshopper' (which won out over knee-high to a mosquito and knee-high to a toad). Mini-essays scattered through the book enable the authors to expand on such broader themes as: What is an Idiom?, National Rivalries and the Old Curiosity Shop of Linguistics. While maintaining scholarly accuracy, Linda and Roger Flavell convey their great love of the curious in language in a way that will be irresistible to anyone who delights in words.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; Revised edition edition (2 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856266648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856266642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda and Roger Flavell have been studying the oddities of English for over 25 years. Linda has a degree in modern languages and subsequent qualifications in secondary and primary teaching. Roger has many years of experience working for London University's Institute of Education, concerned latterly with education and international development, and with online education. He is now an educational consultant. Linda and Roger Flavell's other books for Kyle Cathie are A Dictionary of English Down the Ages, Dictionary of Word Origins and Dictionary of Proverbs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for dipping in to 15 Jan 2010
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I am always wodering where idioms come from and now I have the answer. I am always dipping into this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Idioms 19 Dec 2009
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There's some awfully twaddle books on idioms about so finding this was delightful. It's readable, interesting and (so far as I can tell) accurate. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of Idioms 5 May 2010
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For someone with a foreign in-law 'Dictionary of Idioms' is a must!

It's bad enough trying to explain simple English, but a 'lost cause' trying to explain our idiomatic speech-without the help of such a book. When 'the penny drops' on the quaint meanings behind idiomatic speech, much laughter as well as knowledge is generated.

B. Hewson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Idiomaticly Speaking 31 Oct 2011
By B
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This book is chocka full of Idioms,if like me your obsessed with the history of words and their meanings & phrases of everyday use then this book is for you.
Whilst I do think the compilation of phrases used and the examples are not the best and most researched out there it does still hold some weight and makes an interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of idioms 8 Dec 2010
By Kate
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The book arrived as expected. no surprises, very satisfied by the condition of the book.
As far as the book itself, I propose it, it is a good book, with a lot of idioms and good structure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 Jun 2014
By marta
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Very helpful. Very well explained.
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