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Casual Lex: An Informal Assemblage of Why We Say What We Sayby Webb Garrison
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This retitled and repackaged favorite features timely updating of the most interesting words and phrases and the whole story of where these words and phrases originated.
Book News Annotation:
Garrison adds a range of current expressions to the hundreds already found in his Why You Say It and What's in a Word?, resulting in an assemblage that will get your rhetorical ducks in a row and probably save you from a Freudian slip or two. Starting with "aboveboard" and ending with an "x (for kiss)," Garrison explains these everyday expressions in everyday language, giving their historical and social backgrounds and changes in meaning over time. For example, those of us who are proud to consider ourselves "feisty" should be aware our behavior is being compared to a manic and belligerent lapdog.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
So often we use words or phrases that, while we know what they mean, we don't know how they came into being. The story behind the word is often surprising and always interesting.
People's fascination with language has never been greater as proven by the response to the best-selling Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. This retitled, repackaged, updated and slightly revised favorite will please that growing market. This new edition features a new design, inside and out, and timely updating of the most interesting words and phrases in Why You Say It and What's In a Word.
Featured are such words and phrases as Alibi, Bikini, Capricious, Diddly-squat, Fiasco, Goon, Hip, Loophole, Maudlin, Spam, Taboo, Windfall, and 488 more. The entries are short enough for casual perusal and complete enough to give the whole story of where these words and phrases originated.
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