Curious English words and phrases the truth behind the expressions we use by Max Cryer

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  • Idioms,
  • Etymology,
  • Spoken English,
  • English language

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"Cloud nine", "at the drop of a hat", "spitting image", "mollycoddle", "rigmarole", "round robin", "spill the beans", "kick the bucket", "balderdash" and "touch wood". There are so many curious words and phrases that we often use and yet haven"t you ever wondered why we say them, where they come from and what they mean? Written by language expert Max Cryer, Curious Words and Phrases has all the answers behind some of the most interesting and perplexing words and expressions in the English language. Bulging with information, it"s a useful reference book and the ideal gift for anyone curious about the words and phrases we use.

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StatementMax Cryer
The Physical Object
Pagination430 pages
Number of Pages430
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26977606M
ISBN 101925335879
ISBN 109781925335873
OCLC/WorldCa1029352377

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