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March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day Paperback – 6 Oct 2008


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546701
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.9 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Badgergirl on 28 Nov 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is badly named. Its subtitle is 'Origins of the words and phrases we use every day' - not strictly true. I started reading this last night and most of the time it tells you what the phrases/words mean and not the origin of them. It is quite interesting though but would be very useful if it told you the whole story
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kate W on 13 Mar 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you really are interested in the origin of phrases, you would do better to have a look at one of the many websites on this subject.
If you are unable to work out for yourself that the phrase "Mission Impossible" comes from the TV series of the same name, then this is the book for you.
Other phrases are not particularly well-researched and the author seems to have plumped for the obvious meanings rather than looked at the origins in any depth.
I have given the book one star for it's presentation - nice cover, but don't judge the book by it. (Can anyone tell me the origin of that phrase - it's so obvious I'm suprised it's not in Mr. Oliver's book).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eurenia on 28 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
It didn't bode well that a book supposedly on the language by an English graduate should have a grammatical error on the first page of the introduction! (It's NUMBER of ideas, not AMOUNT!) I got increasingly irritated as I read on, with a large number of 'origins' being simplistic interpretations of understanding rather than actual historical research. Far too much supposition and assumption and stating of the flipping obvious!It's not even very entertaining as a lot of what 'origins' there are, are tried and tested and already very well known (eg Boycott). Woolly and irritating; if you are already interested in the language, you will find it frustrating and not at all 'what it says on the tin'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Malliaros on 21 Nov 2008
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My first of a series of Harry Oliver books with great information on everyday expressions and brilliant illustrations. I recommended it to my whole office who swarmed to buy copies and have been great followers of every sequel since. I think it makes for a great gift for all those inquisitive minds out there but don't forget to buy a copy for yourself. You're going to love it too!
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I bought these for Christmas gifts and they were well received.by the people to whom I sent them who all said the explanations were fascinating
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By Rick on 3 Dec 2013
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Bought this for my 8 year old grandson hoping to get him away from the X box and play-station and get him into reading books.
He absolutely loved it and learnt so much from it!!
Strongly recommend it as a way great way to get kids reading!

Will probably get him another book by the same author for Xmas

Rick of Droylsden

3rd December 2013
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