As Right as Rain: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions

As Right as Rain: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions


By (author) Caroline Taggart

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  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 27mm | 373g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1782430776
  • ISBN 13: 9781782430773
  • Sales rank: 12,935

Product description

Would you be down in the dumps if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, it was all Greek to you? Let's not beat about the bush: the English language is littered with linguistic quirks, which, out of context, seem completely peculiar. If you can't quite cut the mustard, this book will explain how on earth 'off the cuff' came to express improvisation, why a 'gut feeling' is more intuitive than a brainwave, and who the heck is 'happy' Larry. These expressions and countless more become a piece of cake once you've read As Right as Rain - the perfect gift for any Tom, Dick or Harry with a love of language.

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Author information

Caroline Taggart is the bestselling author of I Used to Know That and, in the same series, A Classical Education and An Apple a Day. She also co-wrote My Grammar and I (or should that be 'Me'?). Her other books include Her Ladyship's Guide to the Queen's English, The Book of English Place Names and The Book of London Place Names. She also appears frequently on radio and TV giving her opinion on such subjects as whether or not there should be an apostrophe in Druids Cross and, if so, where it should go.

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Will help you get to grips with the true meanings and origins of our popular expressions Daily Mirror Contains some fascinating and remarkable stories about some of our best-loved sayings and their origins Farnham Herald Humorous and informative The Good Book Guide

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Humorous and informative