Top critical review
Ok, but not an all-encompassing guide to English colloquial expressions.
on 1 February 2018
I purchased this book for my friend whose first language is not English. As she has attained fluency in our language, I thought she may find this interesting as it includes explanations of some of our rather odd expressions.
When I received the book, I leafed through it and was surprised to find that although some very common expressions are included, for example ‘walking the plank’, most of them are quite obscure and probably would not be used in everyday conversation. Have you ever heard someone in the UK refer to orange juice as a glass of jubbly? Or to refer to a meal as the ‘curate’s egg’?
Furthermore, as another reviewer has stated, not all the phrases originate in England – worth noting, if you are purchasing it for someone who had an interest in the UK’s culture. It would also have been handy to have an index in order to be able to look up the phrases quickly.
Considering its low price, I would say it is worth buying as an extra gift or perhaps a stocking filler, but not as an all-encompassing guide to English colloquial expressions.