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Common Phrases: And the Amazing Stories Behind Them [Format Kindle]

Max Cryer

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In day-to-day speech we use words and phrases without a passing thought as to why we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showing how fascinating the English language really is. Did you know that the former host of Today, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the term “bad hair day,” or that a CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the name and use of “canned laughter” for television, or that “cold turkey” as a term for quitting something immediately was popularized by the novel and movie (starring Frank Sinatra), The Man with the Golden Arm? Here you’ll learn the origins of “credibility gap,” “my lips are sealed,” “the opera’s not over until the fat lady sings,” “supermarket,” “supermodel,” “there’s no accounting for taste,” “thick as thieves,” and hundreds more. For anyone who loves language, this new book will “take the cake.”

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 668 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Skyhorse Publishing (1 octobre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004RD7SYW
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice Reference and Interesting Read 10 décembre 2011
Par DoctorG - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you ever wondered where some of those familiar old expressions came from, and who hasn't, then this is a great book to pick up. For example, did you know that the expression "when pigs fly" comes from Alice in Wonderland? Sure you could look up these things online - and by the way, did you know that the search engine Google takes its name from the mathematical term googol, which is the number written as 1 followed by 100 zeros? - but the real beauty of this book is that in looking up one phrase, you discover the origins of a dozen or so more, because once you get started you don't want to stop. So while the book is far from as comprehensive as other references, it makes for a fun read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Common Phrases - Max Cryer (Skyhorse Publishing) 18 mars 2011
Par BlogOnBooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Perhaps more than we realize, our use of language is completely riddled with catch phrases that ordinary folks often take for granted, yet due to their often peculiar nature, should elicit questions about their often times unlikely origins.

"A-OK," "bite the dust," "get a life," "mumbo jumbo" and "Elvis has left the building" are just a few of thousands of expressions that people use everyday, often without having the foggiest idea (there's another one!) of where these phrases actually originated. (or, frankly, many times, what they really mean.)

In "Common Phrases: ... and the Amazing Stories Behind Them," author Max Cryer goes on the hunt to track down hundreds of these common phrases, discovering origins ranging in chronology from Shakespeare to Sarah Palin (a sacrilege, you betcha!) and everything in between. Unlike many phraseology resources, Cryer goes, in many cases, beyond the originating moment of a particular word or phrase, to elucidate additional uses of the terms when those uses are the ones actually responsible for the expanded or common use of the verbiage in question.

Rather than give away the derivation of some of the most common wordplays of modern English (not the band), we decided to give you a little quiz to test your phraseology knowledge. Can you match the phrase with its originator?

1) It's Greek to me.
2) Global village
3) The domino effect
4) If it ain't broke, don't fix it
5) Cold War
a) George Orwell
b) Shakespeare
c) Bert Lance
d) Dwight Eisenhower
e) Marshall McLuhan

Answers: 1) b, 2) e, 3) d, 4) c, 5) a.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The title is more entertaining than the book 18 juillet 2012
Par Beverly Everhart - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
While I enjoy some of the information in here, I found the book less informative than what I expected. The author tends to dwell on matters ABOUT the phrase more than the history and idiosyncrasies of the phrase. There are a lot of obscure phrases. I do not necessarily agree that this is about "common" phrases. Overall, it has some entertaining value, but does not live up to the expectations. Not intellectually engaging.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not my cup of Tea 24 mai 2013
Par MurftheSurf - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is more a personal review and thus may not be applicable to others. The phrases that I was interested in were not in the book and the ones that were in it were not of much interest. Moreover, the real problem that I had was that phrases that I have never heard of were not explained despite several pages outlining the origin of the phrase. Unfortunately, this was not an infrequent occurrence.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read for curious people 24 juin 2014
Par Kl Pohl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Phrase origins interest many persons... this book should satisfy such curious readers ... some readers with be more than a little surprised
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