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


Overview - The real story of a word or phrase's origin and evolution is often much stranger--and much more humorous--than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you "happy as a clam." Happy as a clam? Really, what's so happy about being a clam?  Read more...

 
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Overview
The real story of a word or phrase's origin and evolution is often much stranger--and much more humorous--than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you "happy as a clam." Happy as a clam? Really, what's so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense when it's paired with its missing second half: "at high water." Now a clam at high water is a safe clam, and thus a happy clam. From the bawdy to the sublime, Quinion's explanations and delightful asides truly prove that the "proof is in the pudding."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781588342195
  • ISBN-10: 1588342190
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr
  • Publish Date: September 2004
  • Page Count: 280
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 6.25 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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