Port Out, Starboard Home Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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Michael Quinion's World Wide Words is the web authority on English etymology (word origins) and usage-come here for definitive information on some of the most interesting, amusing and downright weird words and phrases in the English language. (Cambridge Dictionaries Online web site (February 2003))
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). He has made countless contributions to the OED. Since 1996 he has produced the weekly e-newsletter World Wide Words, which has an associated website. He lives in Bristol.
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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.
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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
I found this book interesting but it failed to keep my attention. I have shelved it as a reference book as I am sure it will be helpful to me one day.Published on 12 Feb. 2005 by Ms D. Clinton