- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141012234
- ISBN-13: 978-0141012230
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Port Out, Starboard Home Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
More About the Author
Quite by accident he became involved in the work of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1992 and has down the years provided more than 175,000 examples of new or unusual words to help revise the work. From the museum - the Cider Museum in Hereford - came his two little books on English cider making; the rest of his books derive from his etymological research.
These days, he concentrates on writing a newsletter, World Wide Words, and its accompanying website (http://www.worldwidewords.org); in 2014, after more than 18 years and 900 weekly issues of the newsletter, he calculated that he had written the equivalent of at least three more books for it and decided to ease off a bit by producing it less frequently.
Michael Quinion's World Wide Words is the web authority on English etymology (word origins) and usage-come here for definitive information on some of the most interesting, amusing and downright weird words and phrases in the English language. (Cambridge Dictionaries Online web site (February 2003))
About the Author
Michael Quinion has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of New Words (2nd edition), edited the weekly Daily Telegraph new words column, and is author of a dictionary of affixes, Ologies and Isms (OUP). He has made countless contributions to the OED. Since 1996 he has produced the weekly e-newsletter World Wide Words, which has an associated website. He lives in Bristol.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Best for English/History enthusiastes who have ever wondered 'Where did that saying come from?'
Unlike so many books of this ilk, this wears its learning very lightly and is not just an excuse for an author to parade his learning; indeed, Michael Quinion is not frightened to admit it if he does not know the answer.
I read it from cover to cover and enjoyed it thoroughly, but I have no doubt that I will be dipping into it from time to time in the future as well. Recommended for wordsmiths and for those with a keen curiosity about the world about us alike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He explodes various folk etymologies about English sayings - some of which were believable and some not. Very well researched.Published 22 months ago by RAF engine fitter (rtd.)
People often wonder what is - or rather, what may be - the origin of certain words and phrases; and some of the answers to these questions are as various and as ingenious as they... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ralph Blumenau
This is the best book on the subject of derivation of idioms - manners of speaking!
One lesson is that such words or phrases do NOT originate, as a rule, from acronyms (e.g. Read more
I'm sure you spent hours compiling this collection but it was not worth it. However I would award five stars for a misleading title.
Very interesting. Well written. A joy to read about the origins (true and alleged) of phrases.Published on 19 Aug. 2009 by Marcos Javier Garcia
I found this book interesting but it failed to keep my attention. I have shelved it as a reference book as I am sure it will be helpful to me one day.Published on 12 Feb. 2005 by Ms D. Clinton
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Art, Architecture & Photography > Encyclopaedias
- Books > Home & Garden > Antiques & Collectables > Reference & Price Guides
- Books > Humour > Collections & Anthologies
- Books > Humour > Encyclopaedias
- Books > Reference > Language
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Linguistics > Historical & Comparative Linguistics