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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 24 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them (Hardcover)
On the inside cover is printed `A gift for ... from...', suggesting that this attractively produced book, humorously illustrated by Louise Morgan, is intended to be a stocking-filler, so perhaps we shouldn't be too critical of it. The subtitle is `Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them'. `What They Mean' is almost always pretty obvious - otherwise they would hardly be popular. A fairly high proportion of the explanations of `Where We Got Them' will surely not be needed for someone who has a reasonable acquaintance with the Bible (to cast pearls before swine), Aesop's fables (sour grapes), Greek legends (the sword of Damocles), sailing (walking the plank). However, there are certainly some entries (cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey) whose intriguing origin few people would know. As this is the third edition of a book whose earlier ones were under different titles, it has obviously been a good seller. And it is a good deal handier and more up-to-date than Brewer's massive `Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'.
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2010 10:26:07 GMT
Please do not assume a widespread knowledge of, or reasonable acquaintance, with the Bible , Aesop's fables, Greek legends or sailing.

All these topics are likely to feature in the elementary education of some but by no means all English speakers.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2010 20:59:51 GMT
Point taken. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 22:57:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2013 22:58:15 BDT
I didn't think he did so no point to take imo!
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