Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas

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

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How on earth did 'with bells on' come to express enthusiasm?
What do chips on shoulders have to do with inferiority complexes?
... And who is the face that launched a thousand ships?

Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas provides us with the meanings of these well-worn and much-loved phrases by putting these linguistic quirks in context, and explaining how and why they were first used.

For example, did you know that 'the rule of thumb' refers to the use of the thumb to make measurements, as the first joint of the average adult thumb measures one inch?

Absorbing, diverting and fascinating - as far as gift books go, Spilling the Beans really is the bee's knees!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 164g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782430113
  • 9781782430117
  • 65,857

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If you'd like to know the origins of some of our most baffling phrases, take a look at this * Daily Express * Provides a wealth of fascinating facts about the meaning and origin of phrases we use every day... With every page guaranteed to entertain and inform, this really is the bee's knees when it comes to the perfect gift! * Lancashire Evening Post * Reveals the origins and meanings of some of the most popular and obscure sayings we use today * Daily Mirror *
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About Judy Parkinson

Judy Parkinson is a freelance writer who has authored numerous bestselling titles for Michael O'Mara Books, including I Before E (except after C) and Remember, Remember (the fifth of November).
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