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Why do people "take 40 winks" and not 50...or 60, or 70? Did someone literally "let the cat out of the bag" at one point in time? Has anyone actually "gone on a wild goose chase"? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this enormous collection, comprised of four bestselling titles: A Hog on Ice, Thereby Hangs a Tale, Heavens to Betsy! and Horsefeathers and Other Curious Words. Dr. Funk, editor-in-chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series, reveals the sometimes surprising, often amusing, and always fascinating roots of more than 2,000 vernacular words and expressions. From "kangaroo court" to "one-horse town", from "face the music" to "hocus-pocus," it's an entertaining linguistic journey.

Table of Contents

A hog on ice and other curious expressions — Thereby hangs a tale — Heavens to Betsy! and other curious sayings — Horsefeathers and other curious words.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780883658451
Subtitle:
From White Elephants to Song and Dance
Author:
Funk, Tom
Author:
Funk, Tom
Publisher:
Galahad
Location:
New York :
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
Curiosities & Wonders
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Dictionaries - Idioms & Slang
Subject:
Sale Adult - Reference
Subject:
English language -- Etymology.
Subject:
BG-REFERENCE - BG-REFERENCE
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
FPL-GTR-79
Publication Date:
20050801
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
992
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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