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Loose Cannons, Red Herrings, and Other Lost Metaphors

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Publisher Comments:

The English language is a treasury of splendid mysteries, among them the many words and phrases whose origins we no longer know. Often the original meaning was literal, pertaining to forgotten objects or activities--such as "aftermath," which once meant the grass that sprang up after a farmer had mowed a field. With the informal scholarship and good-humored wit that are his trademarks, Robert Claiborne reveals the wonders buried in our speech, vivid images of people and customs of the past. As the reader soon discovers, they are "a sort of hidden poetry that can heighten the colors and sharpen the meanings of words and phrases that we read or write daily."

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A colorful compendium of everyday words and phrases and where they originated.

About the Author

The late Robert Claiborne was a longtime editor and writer and the author of a number of books on words and language.

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ISBN:
9780393321869
Author:
Claiborne, Robert
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Metaphor
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Subject:
Reference-Etymology
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine Books ed.
Series Volume:
TR-00-18
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.24x5.54x.65 in. .52 lbs.

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