I have long been fascinated with the origins of phrases and different usage of our rich language. In this book I anticipated an informative but amusing tour of some of the unexplained oddities of usage as well as a few more useful expressions for use before ones maiden aunt. However in reality there is little humour, many of the entries appear incomplete and the use of profanities seems to be more intended to shock than illuminate, especially as most have a correct term associated with them which is not a euphemism but proper english. I found the tone at best pedantic and at worst patronising. This book will go straight to the 2nd hand book shelf in our local charity store - 2 weeks after purchase.