- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140515348
- ISBN-13: 978-0140515343
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Port Out, Starboard Home: And Other Language Myths Hardcover – 1 Jul 2004
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Easily accessible -- Mail on Sunday, 1st August 2004
Every page of this book is a sheer delight. -- Catholic Herald, 16th July, 2004
This is a marvellous and original book, erudition without tears. -- The Spectator, 31 July 3005
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). Since 1996 he has produced the weekly e-newsletter World Wide Words, which has an associated website. He lives in Bristol.
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 on 24 Mar. 2014 by RAF engine fitter (rtd.)
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