Red Herrings and White Elephants
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Red Herrings and White Elephants

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By (author) Albert Jack

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Have you ever wondered what phrases such as 'square meal', 'load of old codswallop', 'egg on your face' or 'in the limelight' mean? Where do they come from? Have you ever taken a moment to wonder what we say actually means? The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language. In a book that takes you all over the world, from nautical origins to food and drink terms, once you have learnt one phrase, you will be eager to learn them all! From the drop of a hat to the bitter end - you'll be surprised and intrigued and you'll never speak English in the same way again.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 114 x 186 x 30mm | 299.37g
  • 10 Sep 2007
  • John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • London
  • approx. 40 integrated cartoons
  • 1844544613
  • 9781844544615
  • 33,919

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Author Information

Albert Jack is a writer and researcher in pop culture whose favourite phrase is 'doolally'. He is 39 years old and has two children.

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"Amusing and informative...[takes] you on a trip through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language."--Knutsford Guardian (UK)

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