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The Origins of Words and Phrases (Readers Digest) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2008


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027644244X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0276442445
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 26.3 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did you know the phrase 'naughty but nice' was coined by novelist Salman Rushdie as an advertising slogan to sell cakes? Or that to the Anglo-Saxons a 'gossip' was a godparent? Who was the first to be sidetracked by a 'red herring'? Which writer gave us 'the last straw'?"The Origins of Words and Phrases" will reveal the secrets, scandals and surprises behind the words you use every day. Hear the stories and meet the personalities that have helped shape the English language from William Shakespeare and Lord Byron, to Rudyard Kipling and Salmon Rushdie.Produced in association with Oxford University Press, the world-renowned word experts, this indispensable reference is perfect for anybody who is curious about the way we talk today.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lampwick on 15 Oct 2010
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A book of infinite interest - whenever you see a phrase that raises a question in your mind.
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This book was like new, cost .01 pence plus a modest p&p. it is crammed with information - just right to browse when you have a little time to spare - I love it, thanks
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how can anyone write or say anything without understanding where the words they use came from? A must have for every bookcase.
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The layout does not make locating the meaning of specific phrases very easy and quite a lot of phrases, which were researched, were apparently not included.
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