Red Herrings and White Elephants

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Metro, 2004 - English language - 256 pages
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Bold as brass, cold feet, cock and bull, off the cuff, red herrings and whitelephants. We use these phrases every day and yet have only the vaguest ideaf where many of them come from. The origins of hundreds of common phrasesre explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating andichest regions of the English language. Once you've read one, you'll beiving back in to look up all the others. Red Herrings is full of amazingefinitions that take us all over the world, including military traditionsnd famous people who lent their names to describe familiar situations. Fromhe drop of a hat to the bitter end - you'll never speak English in the sameay again.

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Contents

Nautical
1
Military
21
Literature
31
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

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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