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The Origins of the Portada Jack, Albert. Red Herrings and White Elephants. The Origins of the Phrases We Imagen del editor. Jack, Albert. Books may be viewed at our Warehouse by appointment only. We endeavour to maintain a varied and interesting stock. We aim to price our books as competitively as profit margins allow. At present only a fraction of our stock is catalogued on ABE, more books are being added weekly.
Please feel free to contact us for any book enquires. Return to Book Page. Bold as brass, cold feet, cock and bull, off the cuff, red herrings and white elephants. We use these phrases every day and yet have only the vaguest idea of where many of them come from. The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language. Once you've read one, you'll b Bold as brass, cold feet, cock and bull, off the cuff, red herrings and white elephants.
Once you've read one, you'll be diving back in to look up all the others. Red Herrings is full of amazing definitions that take us all over the world, including military traditions and famous people who lent their names to describe familiar situations.
From the drop of a hat to the bitter end - you'll never speak English in the same way again. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Red Herrings and White Elephants , please sign up. From the entry To Bite the Bullet you can learn that pigs were holy animals for Hindu soldiers, which caused their discontent the Indian Mutiny as they had to bite cartridges filled with pork fat.
Actually, it were Muslim soldiers who mutinied when forced to bite those cartridges. What other factual errors have you found in this book? Josefine I know! I reacted to that as well, isn't that quite common knowledge. On the gauntlet entry it says the Swedish word for passageway is gantlope, …more I know! On the gauntlet entry it says the Swedish word for passageway is gantlope, it isn't. Sort order. Start your review of Red Herrings and White Elephants. Jun 18, Sam Ang rated it really liked it Recommends it for: language learner.
Shelves: non-fiction , dictionary-and-lexicon , language-learning. Just as the foreword of the book implied, such sayings are part and parcel of the everyday English and most native speakers are familiar with them, seldom giving them a thought. Tracing the phrases to their origins is hard work but Jack's effort revealed that most of them originated from interesting, if not unexpected, sources.
Not all of the provided sources and origins are clear since most of them have evolved over the years, with their roots lost in time. In cases which the root is ambiguous, the author is nice enough to mention that, bringing up the most plausible, and in some cases the funniest, origin which he thought most likely.
It is interesting to note that most of the sayings do not even originate from the English language, and are cobbled up from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Greek, French, Swedish, Norse when it's raining cats and dogs or when someone went berserk , Hindustani when someone has gone Doolally , Jewish when you tell someone to eat his heart out and even Gaelic when you declared something as phoney , just to name a few.
I believe reading this book is a better way to learn the language rather than memorizing them until your brain could take no more. Pick a few of them and try to use them in your everyday conversation, if only to amuse your English speaking counterparts. You may even surprise them with a few which are rarely heard of. Teachers of the language, especially one teaching ESL English as a Second Language , would benefit from the book as well.
At the first sign of boredom your class shows in an English course you should be able to notice the blank looks and nodding heads , swipe Red Herring and White Elephants out and start to ask them why certain phrases are so. Choose the most ridiculous ones or ones which meaning is almost unrelated to its phrase I think none will catch more attention than 'to swear on your testicles'.
Entertain them with the origin and its story, and watch your students swarm to your class with expectation on the next class. That will drill the language into them better than any other method. Some of the phrases will sound a little ridiculous, and may sound offending, especially if your listener is not familiar with it, which most likely is the case in Malaysia. However the reader could always share the phrase with native speakers of English to see if they are amused, enlightened or pleasantly surprised by you uttering it like you had spoken it all your life.
I hope the subsequent cutting of the lock lead to at least a couple free beers for some Sep 04, Sara rated it really liked it. This book is a great quick read that explains the origins of several popular sayings. I learned a great deal about how language evolves through these phrases, and even learned a few new British sayings.
I now only hope that I can remember and repeat the origins of these phrases during conversations in order to sound intelligent and witty. Jul 27, Sarah Tipper rated it really liked it. I was sometimes surprised at the origins of phrases, having made my own wrong assumptions.
This is a pleasant book best suited to those who like history or linguistics and very suited to those who like history and linguistics. Interesting book about the origins of common expressions. Useful as a reference and to demonstrate knowledge of trivia in social situationas. Jul 10, Blake rated it liked it. Starts off really well, entertaining and engaging. Free download. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. This Book have some digital formats such us :paperbook, ebook, kindle, epub, fb2 and another formats.
Schreiben als Kulturtechnik und dessen didaktische Vermittlung im Fremdsprachenunterricht German Edition. Idioms - White Elephant.
By Bill McLain. As the official webmaster for Xerox, Bill McLain was surprised by the kinds of questions he was receiving, like whether people born blind can see in their dreams and why rabbits are associated with Easter. McLain's answers can often be as wild as the questions and prompt entertaining anecdotes about where he found them. McLain explains how magnets are made, what caused the Great Depression of , and even explains why cats purr. Also included is an extensive list of websites where he conducts research, offering an informative guide to making the most of the Internet. Dolphins must be conscious to breathe. If they went into a full deep sleep, they would suffocate.
Thanks in the first place go to Martyn Long, whose trivial conversation at the inns around Guildford sparked the idea in the first place. That master of triviality then provided enough inspiration for me to crawl through dirty libraries with dusty librarians although in some cases that was the other way round and research the origins of some of our favourite phrases. Thanks also go to the following for contributing ideas, answers, leads and suggestions.
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By Albert Jack. From stolen kidneys to phantom hitchhikers and the missing brain of JFK, we all love a good urban legend the more extreme the better , but sometimes they end suspiciously neatly, however much the teller swears they know the person it happened to. But where do these stories come from? Are any of them actually true? Does Coca Cola own Santa Claus?
Но стрелять не понадобилось. Халохот был мертв. Беккер отшвырнул пистолет и без сил опустился на ступеньку. Впервые за целую вечность он почувствовал, что глаза его застилают слезы, и зажмурился, прогоняя влажную пелену. Он знал, что для эмоций еще будет время, а теперь пора отправляться домой. Он попробовал встать, но настолько выбился из сил, что не смог ступить ни шагу и долго сидел, изможденный вконец, на каменных ступеньках, рассеянно разглядывая распростертое у его ног тело.
По ее щеке скатилась слеза. - Что с тобой? - в голосе Стратмора слышалась мольба.
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