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Examining the origins of everyday idioms and expressions, such as "a storm in a teacup" and "flavour of the month", this book explains their meanings and gives examples of their use. Interspersed with the individual entries are mini-essays on recurring themes - familiar phrases with nautical origins, expressions based on the macabre and on the peculiarly British view of foreigners. (Why do we have Dutch uncles and Dutch treats, but take French leave?) For the serious student, there are dates of first use and guidance on correct or current usage, while the browser and lover of words is offered a source of fascination and enjoyment. The authors' previous books include "Current English Usage".
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Written by the experts, this is choc-a-bloc with fun. -- Good Book Guide, June 05About the Author:
Linda and Roger Flavell combine scholarly accuracy with a clear understanding of the oddities of language that delight the browser with a love of the English language.
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