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Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, And Spuds : Ingenious Tales of Words And Their Origins
by Michael Quinion


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The cat's pajamas, the bee's knees, and the whole nine yards rolled into one, this true feast for word lovers skewers commonly accepted word-origin myths and etymological folktales. Writing with flair and authority, word maven and Oxford English Dictionary contributor Michael Quinion shows us that the real story behind a word or phrase is often much stranger than the commonly accepted one.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The cat's pajamas, the bee's knees, and the whole nine yards rolled into one, this true feast for word lovers skewers commonly accepted word-origin myths and etymological folktales. Writing with flair and authority, word maven and Oxford English Dictionary contributor Michael Quinion shows us that the real story behind a word or phrase is often much stranger than the commonly accepted one. With this book in your arsenal, you'll have the last word in every word-lover's game of one-upmanship. So if you've ever wondered why we utter such oddities as "raining cats and dogs," "I couldn't care less," or "twenty-three skidoo," this one's for you. No ballyhoo

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060851538
  • ISBN-10: 0060851538
  • Publisher: Perennial
  • Publish Date: March 2006
  • Page Count: 280
  • Dimensions: 1 x 5.25 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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