- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 2nd Impression edition (1 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140515739
- ISBN-13: 978-0140515732
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.7 x 18.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other popular titles including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel, What Caesar did for my Salad & They Laughed at Galileo.
Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. Albert lives somewhere between Guildford in England and Bangkok in Thailand.
OTHER BOOKS BY ALBERT JACK
Red Herrings and White Elephants
Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep
Loch Ness Monsters and Other World Mysteries
Pop Goes the Weasel
The Old Dock and Duck
What Caesar Did for my Salad
Black Sheep and Lame Ducks
It's a Wonderful Word
Money for Old Rope Part 1
Money for Old Rope Part 2
The Jam: Sounds From the Street
Want to be a Writer?
Last Man in London
Rose Versus Thistle
They Laughed at Galileo
The Greatest Generation - Diary of a 1st & 6th Airborne Paratrooper
Debt Freedom Program
albertjack.com (Official Website)
albertjackchat.com (Downloads & Updates - Join Mailing List)
albertjackchat (facebook & twitter)
From the Inside Flap
Where is the last chance saloon?
Who was Gordon Bennett?
Why isn't red tape black?
Why do we have a hunch, get the cold shoulder or laugh like a drain?
Why do we say skinflint, dressed up to the nines and out of the blue - and, of course, shaggy dog stories and black sheep?
We use these phrases every day and yet have little or no idea where many of them come from. Here, Albert Jack, author of the bestselling Red Herrings and White Elephants, takes us on another rollercoaster ride through the fascinating origins of hundreds of our favourite expressions (and comes up trumps).
About the Author
Albert Jack is a writer and researcher whose passion for solving the mysteries of the English language has taken him through dusty libraries across the world in search of the facts behind the phrases we all take for granted. Normally, however, he lives in Guildford where he divides his time between fast living and slow horses, neat vodka and untidy pubs.
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Second part of classic book on English idiom and their derivation. Funny and interesting.Published 3 months ago by Adrian