The title of this book seems to me to promise a wonderful journey through the history and idiosyncracies of the English language. Unfortunately many of the words and phrases do not actually have their origin listed. for many of them the best you get is a date reference such as "known by 1867".
How is it known by 1867? What is the origin?
Often there is a reference to, but no quote of, a very early usage such as for the phrase "let bygones be bygones" which it is noted "A proverbial expression known in English by 1546, but the thought is expressed by the Greek philosopher Epictetus"
I would like to know how he expressed it and where, when.... Surely if the writer knows enough to give such references it would be possible to go that extra step and quote them. I'd rather have less entries more properly explained.
Still the book is a handy "pick up and peruse a page of it on the loo" type book.