Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
ISBN: 1612436684
EAN13: 9781612436685
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 28, 2017
Pages: 280
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.9" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journies

English is filled with curious, intriguing and bizarre phrases. This book reveals the surprising, captivating and even hilarious origins behind 400 of them, including:

- Read between the Lines
- Cat Got Your Tongue?
- Put a Sock in It
- Close, but No Cigar
- Bring Home the Bacon
- Caught Red-Handed
- Under the Weather
- Raining Cats and Dogs

Perfect for trivia and language lovers alike, this entertaining collection is the ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language.

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5
   Fun and informative
Previously, I bought Phraseology, but found it seldom had the phrases I was looking for, making it useless to me. This one has included most of the sayings I have looked for. I highly recommend this book over the other.
 
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   Every Phrase is Interesting and Well Written
Seems like I have heard 90 percent of them without any clue as to where 90 percent of them derived. I have enjoyed learning the origins of the phrase. Randomly, selecting phrases spread across the book in letters to a prisoner inside our U.S. penal system. The book is a glued paperback with a waxed spine that has held well to multiple repeated thumb-throughs.
 
5
   Interesting and unique book
The upcoming generation noticeably does not hear these phrases as often and as a result doesn 't understand them in conversation. This book helped my teenagers become more educated and brought entertainment to our family dinners. The short explanations are short enough to read a few to them without losing their interest, plus unique enough to amuse them. The book categorizes them perfectly by subject or alphabetically making locating which saying you are looking for or the most prominently used.
 
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   Incorrect info in book! Sad
I bought the book for a certain idiom and hoped to read others, but when I looked it up, the one in question-wrong info was written in the book. It did not even make sense what was said about the saying. The shipper did a fine job of getting it fast enough for me. The author was just disappointed in the author. Chucking is like a slinging.
 
5
   I loved this because of one thing- ok wait
I loved this because of one thing-ok wait, two things. I loved that the explanations were short-I don 't want to read a three-sided history for each, which I have seen before. The second thing is that it was listed by type! I had an argument with my husband about where cherry-picking came from - he said sports, and I said that did not sound correct - I was thinking a farming phrase, but unfortunately it isn 't a listed. In any case, while I was looking for it, I found myself taking a pists, which I had always wanted to know, and it was in culinary delights! I was pretty amazed to see how old some things were that are still in use. It would make a fun gift for someone learning English who really wanted to sound fluent.
 
5
   Cool Book
This is a great bathroom book or really a great coffee table book as well. It is packed with the etymology of many common phrases and many phrases I had never even heard before. Each phrase is defined, given context and explained from its modern origins to its humble usage. The writing is funny and clear, and it is always fun to see what you find when you investigate such sayings as '' God Bless You or the rarer '' Bold as Brass ''. There isn 't the most depth in these descriptions, but that is not really what it is for. Put it somewhere where people will pick it up and look at it.
 
5
   Great coffee table book and great for trivia!
I love a little bit of linguistic history, but sometimes when I search the origins of a phrase, I get a lot of, well, maybe this routes. This book is much easier to find and browse through than the author has simply picked the most agreed-upon or most likely sources for the phrase. It is also organized by the type of source, i.e. by phrases that come from nautical terms. I had no idea how many common phrases can refer to ship parts! The book is fun to flip and who knows when the knowledge will come in handy, since I do love to go to pub trivia.
 
5
   This would be a perfect book to buy for someone who has everything
It is filled with many funny facts as to the origin of things we say and have no idea where or when they came from the Engish language. Some of these I knew what they came about, but had no idea how they came. Such as '' at loose ends . Cats and dogs running are also known. There are 15 chapters that cover all the subject areas. The territories are ancient, sports and games, work, markets and money, miscellaneous issues, biblical times, Law and Order, animal and nature, death do us part, and Nautical matters. Its great reading is fun and could be a great coffee table or a bathroom book. I would like to read my junior high and high school grandsons. I believe they would get a kick out of it.
 
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