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Everyday Phrases: Their Origins and Meanings Paperback – 26 Sep 1983

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Reprint edition (26 Sept. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713713542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713713541
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Often I find myself saying phrases, such as "gone for a burton", "the best laid schemes of mice and men" and "you could sleep on a clothes line", and many, many others. One of my children asked me, mum, what does that mean. Well, I didn't know, so I thought I'd find out. The book I purchased had a good description of what the content was, the condition of the book and sounded just what we needed to investigate the origins of these everyday phrases. We were certainly not disappointed, (the product description was spot on), we don't read it from cover to cover, but if a phrase pops up one day, it's great to see the kids grab for the book and find out the history. It's very thorough and great entertainment for all of us. Many thanks.
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Badly researched, & therefor does not deliver the true meaning of all Phrases- Getting something as simple as Once in a Blue moon is Poor, but to also not give the folklore behind "Black sheep of the family" is a continuation of the sketchy information. VERY dissapointed.
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As my mother pointed out while visiting, Cassell is a really good make but according to the date of publication don't expect it to be up to date on phrases. Very easy to use, bought only due to price.
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I got this for my boyfriend for Christmas and we have been consulting this whenever we hear a common saying. I'm sure this knowledge will be invaluable during a pub quiz one day.
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On second thoughts the content does match the heading /title. Was looking for something that would have given the ORIGIN of the sayings. Useful to have in your library .
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Book was cheap, in great condition, just a couple of snags on the cover but for a couple of pounds does what I wanted.
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Handy little book for when you here a saying and ask "wonder how that originated"
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Bought as a present for a friend, who was extremely pleased with it.
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