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Book details
  • Genre:REFERENCE
  • SubGenre:Dictionaries
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Useful Reference Library
  • Series Number:11
  • Pages:200
  • eBook ISBN:9781543942644

Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

by Martin Manser

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Overview
Why do we describe something as "A-1", "a lame duck", or "straight from the horse's mouth"? Why is someone's behaviour said to be "beyond the pale"? What is the original meaning of the word "treacle"? This book explores the intriguing origins and development of about 800 words and expressions in English. The story of the development of English provides an endless source of fascination not only for native speakers but also for students of English as a foreign or second language. I hope therefore that something of the rich heritage of the language will be discovered and enjoyed in these pages.
Description
Why do we describe something as "A-1", "a lame duck", or "straight from the horse's mouth"? Why is someone's behaviour said to be "beyond the pale"? What is the original meaning of the word "treacle"? This book explores the intriguing origins and development of about 800 words and expressions in English. The story of the development of English provides an endless source of fascination not only for native speakers but also for students of English as a foreign or second language. I hope therefore that something of the rich heritage of the language will be discovered and enjoyed in these pages.
About the author
Martin Manser is a professional reference book editor. He has compiled or edited more than 200 reference books, particularly English-language dictionaries, Bible-reference titles, and business-skills books. He is also a Language Trainer and Consultant with national and international companies and organizations.
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