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2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions from White Elephants to Song Dance

Funk, Charles Earle

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ISBN 10: 0883658453 / ISBN 13: 9780883658451
Published by Galahad Books, New York, 1993
Condition: Very Good++ Hardcover
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HB, matte pictorial boards in like DJ, 988pp, b/w illus. This is a lightly-read ( if at all ) copy with mild shelf wear to unclipped DJ and book edges.Wonderful reference & history for common sayings & expressions. Alphabetical Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jct001897

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Title: 2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & ...

Publisher: Galahad Books, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Funk, Tom

Book Condition:Very Good++

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Thus

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Why do people "take 40 winks" and not 50...or 60, or 70? Did someone literally "let the cat out of the bag" at one point in time? Has anyone actually "gone on a wild goose chase"? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this enormous collection, comprised of four bestselling titles: A Hog on Ice, Thereby Hangs a Tale, Heavens to Betsy! and Horsefeathers and Other Curious Words. Dr. Funk, editor-in-chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series, reveals the sometimes surprising, often amusing, and always fascinating roots of more than 2,000 vernacular words and expressions. From "kangaroo court" to "one-horse town", from "face the music" to "hocus-pocus," it's an entertaining linguistic journey.

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