Red Herrings and White Elephants

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Metro, 2007 - English language - 336 pages
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Have you ever wondered what phrases such as 'square meal', 'load of old codswalop', 'egg on your face' or 'in the limelight' mean? Where do they come from? Hve you ever taken a moment to wonder what we say actually means? The origins o hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through te most fascinating and richest regions of the English language. In a book thatakes you all over the world, from nautical origins to food and drink terms, oce you have learnt one phrase, you will be eager to learn them all! From the dop of a hat to the bitter end - you'll be surprised and intrigued and you'll nver speak English in the same way again.

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About the author (2007)

Albert Jack is a writer and researcher whose passion for solving the mysteries of the English language has taken him to dusty libraries throughout the world in search of the facts behind the phrases we use every day. He lives in Guilford, England.

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