March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day Paperback – 6 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Writer and editor Harry Oliver's passion for language began when he discovered Roald Dahl during a rainy summer school holiday. His love affair with the English language led him to study Literature the University of London where he attained his degree. On leaving he entered the world of publishing. Author of two other books, he lives and works in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are unable to work out for yourself that the phrase "Mission Impossible" comes from the TV series of the same name, then this is the book for you.
Other phrases are not particularly well-researched and the author seems to have plumped for the obvious meanings rather than looked at the origins in any depth.
I have given the book one star for it's presentation - nice cover, but don't judge the book by it. (Can anyone tell me the origin of that phrase - it's so obvious I'm suprised it's not in Mr. Oliver's book).
He absolutely loved it and learnt so much from it!!
Strongly recommend it as a way great way to get kids reading!
Will probably get him another book by the same author for Xmas
Rick of Droylsden
3rd December 2013
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Just packed with information at every turn, excellent. And well packaged and fast delivery, and great price too!Published 20 months ago by LauraC
Bought this for a friends 65th birthday present and he was very pleased with it. He couldn't put it down. Makes an ideal gift.Published 22 months ago by Marlene D
It's a great little book explaining the meaning of all those words and phrases we use every day but often don't know the true meaningPublished 22 months ago by MS MARPLE