Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them

Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Judy Parkinson

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  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 24mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843173654
  • ISBN 13: 9781843173656
  • Sales rank: 30,073

Product description

How on earth did 'with bells on' come to express enthusiasm? Why is good health compared to a small stringed instrument? ('As fit as a fiddle.') And what do pickles have to do with quandaries? Let's not beat about the bush: despite the fact that we have all used these phrases at one time or another, and even enjoyed expressing them, they are in truth - when you take a moment to consider them - completely senseless and utterly fantastical. We all know what somebody means when they use these phrases due to our common knowledge of them, but it wouldn't be surprising if, when asked to explain them, you found that the cat had got your tongue, or you simply clammed up! "Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas" provides us with the meanings to these well-worn and much-loved phrases by putting these linguistic quirks in context, and explaining how and why they were first used. Absorbing, diverting and fascinating - as far as Christmas gifts go, "Spilling the Beans" really is the bee's knees!

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Judy Parkinson is a freelance writer who has authored numerous bestselling titles for Michael O'Mara Books.

Customer reviews

By Ian Douglas 21 Sep 2013 5

This book is a real gem, apart from the nice cover design and form factor, it contains numerous snippets of information on a multitude of sometimes bizarre, and always interesting sayings and quotes used in modern language.

Great to just read pages at random, or sequentially, it also is the perfect gift for any occasion, as it's sure to interest and delight the recipient, no matter what genre they prefer.

If the quality of this one is anything to go by, I'll have to get others in the series too now!