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Common Phrases: And Where They Come From

Mordock, John, Korach, Myron

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ISBN 10: 158574218X / ISBN 13: 9781585742189
Published by The Lyons Press, 2001
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Title: Common Phrases: And Where They Come From

Publisher: The Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1st.

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Provides the history behind more than 150 well-known English phrases, including bury the hatchet, face the music, kick the bucket, lame duck, lion's share, and nest egg.

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Have you ever wondered where the phrase "raining cats and dogs" came from? In the myths of the Teutons, an ancient people who occupied Jutland around 100 B.C., the wind was pictured as a huge dog who served as chief attendant to Odin, the Norse god of wisdom and war, and was responsible for the cosmos. They thought that when it rained very hard, Odin's dog, in the form of the wind, was chasing a cat, who took the form of the rain. So the Teutons believed that when it poured, Odin dropped "cats and dogs" from the sky.This is just one of the many fascinating stories behind the dozens of idioms and common phrases we use every day. (5 3/4 x 8 1/2, 228 pages)

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