Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas: Popular Expressions-What They Mean and How We Got Them by Judy Parkinson (book review

Book Description
Strike while the iron's hot and bone up on the origins of your favorite expressions
Cat got your tongue? Well, for Pete's sake, use this collection of colorful expressions to enrich your everyday speech. This book spills the beans on our best-loved euphemisms and most curious sayings, explaining their fascinating origins and the remarkable stories that surround them. It rounds up the usual suspects -- the catch phrases, quotations, and expressions that keep our language flourishing -- and makes them easy to find in a convenient A-to-Z format.

Did you know that . . .

  • The expressions all that glitters is not gold and apple of the eye have each been in use for more than a thousand years?
  • To bark up the wrong tree comes from the sport of raccoon hunting?
  • Embarrassed parents can thank the songwriter Cole Porter for the euphemism the birds and the bees?

My Review
Very informative book. I always wondered where some of those sayings so I really enjoyed reading this books. If you always wondered where some of those sayings come from then this is a great book for you. It is a good book to keep on your coffee table.

* I received this book free from FSB Media. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. *

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