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A Word in Your Shell-Like: 6,000 curious and everyday phrases explained Hardcover – 6 Sep 2004

3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007155934
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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A great book for looking at etymology of phrases that we use. Useful as a study aid for students setting out on the study of English language, too.
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I have been amazed to find out where some of the sayings
that we use in everyday conversation have come from.
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Probably expected too much of this publication - thought it would take everyday sayings and explain their origin, which it does to an extent, but still falls very short.
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By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This would be a useful book for an old fogey who isn't aware of current phrases and wants to keep up with Grandchildren-but only if they are in their 20's and 30's ......so why bother????
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