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on 22 January 2009
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.
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on 11 September 2009
A great little book i keep referring back to

I was always interested in where various sayings came from and then saw this book on a amazon recommendation so instantly brought it

Always going back to it

Some of the content is a bit american but guess that where a lot of slang has also come from

If your interested in the English Language would recommednthsi to you
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on 26 February 2013
A very interesting book,an easily read guide to our widely sourced language . Once you pick it up to check on something,it's hard to put down again .
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on 6 May 2016
Very intersting
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