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Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 2nd Impression edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140515739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140515732
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.7 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap

Where is the last chance saloon?
Who was Gordon Bennett?
Why isn't red tape black?
Why do we have a hunch, get the cold shoulder or laugh like a drain?
Why do we say skinflint, dressed up to the nines and out of the blue - and, of course, shaggy dog stories and black sheep?

We use these phrases every day and yet have little or no idea where many of them come from. Here, Albert Jack, author of the bestselling Red Herrings and White Elephants, takes us on another rollercoaster ride through the fascinating origins of hundreds of our favourite expressions (and comes up trumps).

About the Author

Albert Jack is a writer and researcher whose passion for solving the mysteries of the English language has taken him through dusty libraries across the world in search of the facts behind the phrases we all take for granted. Normally, however, he lives in Guildford where he divides his time between fast living and slow horses, neat vodka and untidy pubs.


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