Black Sheep and Lame Ducks: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day (Paperback)
 
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Black Sheep and Lame Ducks: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day (Paperback)

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    The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants

    Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "......more

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The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants

Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "call a spade a spade?" These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or no idea where most of them come from. In Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and often bizarre-origins of hundreds of their favorite idioms and expressions.

For example, "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from the Middle Ages, when a lady would "give her heart" in the form of a handkerchief pinned to the sleeve of a knight who was about to go into battle. And calling someone the "black sheep in the family" refers to a thousands- year-old belief that a black lamb in a flock was unpopular because its fleece was undyeable and therefore less valuable.

With Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, any language-lover can feel like a "Smart Aleck"-and also know exactly who that was.

Albert Jack’s Red Herrings and White Elephants was a huge international hit and was on the bestsellers list for sixteen months. His second, Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was another success: selling over 70,000 copies. He is also the author of That's Bollocks! (all the strangest, sickest, funniest and most unforgettable urban legends as told in Jack's inimitable style) and Albert Jack's Ten-Minute Mysteries.

Author:
Jack, Albert
Genre:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
Audience:
General/trade
Edition:
1
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
235
Language:
English
Publisher:
Perigee
Publish Date:
05/04/2010
Copyright Year:
2010
ISBN:
9780399535123
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
4.5 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.44 lb
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