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A Word in Your Shell-Like: 6,000 Curious and Everyday Phrases Explained Hardcover – 6 Sep 2004
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‘a treasury of stimulating excursions and digressions in the English Language’
Ian Mayes, The Guardian, 2nd Oct. ‘04
‘There’s a lot of fascinating material here and the larger part of the book is unexceptionable, with much interesting information.’
Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 2nd Oct. ‘04
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A modern, entertaining guide to the wonderful world of phrases, familiar and unfamiliar, by one of the world's best-known wordsmiths.
Unravel the meaning, origin and usage of over 6,000 phrases forom catchphrases, book and film titles, idioms, cliches, to nicknames, slogans and quotations.
Few other word reference books are likely to increase your store of knowledge with such fun.See all Product description
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16 November 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I would never be able to understand such phrases without the help if this wonderful book.Fantastic!
10 July 2009
Yaaawn. I thought that this would be a really interesting exposition about the development of idiomatic language. It's not. It's just more of Mr. Rees' re-hashed paperbacks of 'off the wall' or whatever they were called. Don't bother. If you do ... I bet you don't finish it.
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