• Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words
  • Interesting Stories about Curious Words

Interesting Stories about Curious Words: From Stealing Thunder to Red Herrings

Linguistics & Language Studies
Hardback Published on: 28/09/2023
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Synopsis

Did you know that... Stealing someone's thunder is based on a real event; the original freelances were knights for hire ('free' + 'lance'); Nelson was the first to turn a blind eye (putting a telescope to his missing eye to ignore orders); Gordon Bennett was a real (very badly behaved) person; as was Jack the lad; pulling someone's leg was an 18th century robber's trick; and buttering up came from the Indian custom of throwing balls of ghee at statues of gods to ask for favours? This is just the tiniest taste of the many fascinating tales and histories behind our everyday words and phrases. In Interesting Stories about Curious Words, Susie Dent, Britain's cleverest lexicographer, linguistic expert and much-loved national treasure, explores all the very best red herrings, cock and bull stories, white elephants and nine-day wonders in the English language. There are enough stories to furnish a hundred conversations in a wonderful collection for everyone who loves words.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781399811675
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 540g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 140 x 38 mm

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Interesting Stories about Curious Words
Not every phrase has its origin
An interesting read but a number of the words and phrases don't have an origin. It was the origin of phrases that interests me. That said it's a very easy... READ MORE
Martin  David