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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.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535123
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other books including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel and What Caesar did for my Salad.

Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. Albert lives somewhere between Guildford in England and Cape Town in South Africa.

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MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Parrish on January 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Not much New that you could not find out on the internet by yourself. About a third are sayings you never heard of. Most of the rest are self explanatory. Maybe 10 percent are interesting. And the author injects his own kettle jokes and jabs, which are not very witty or funny. Good for reading in the bathroom.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on January 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Got this for Christmas from someone who knows of my love for word origins and etymology, and I appreciate the intent deeply, but I didn't get more than halfway through before setting the book aside in disgust.

"Origins"? Half the time (as in the case of "legend in their own lifetime") this is nothing more than definitions and perhaps the first usage; that's also an example of the many entries that I can't fathom why he though needed explicating. Tons of other entries are easily disproven folk etymologies ("crow's nest") or ideas that he only half-researched ("gamut"). For "quiz" he tells the disproven James Daly story; at the end he says "there is no hard evidence [...] but it is still a good one [...] often repeated by trivia enthusiasts" - and makes no further effort to dispel the myth or give any other explanation, not even mentioning that the word was in use well before the James Daly story is alleged to take place. To file a book that perpetuates such silliness under "Reference/Language" is a travesty. How can I want to finish a "reference" book full of provably false answers? I am sure there are some true things in this book, but I'm not going to wade through another 100 pages, second-guessing everything I read, just to find out what they are.

It might still have been an entertaining read nonetheless, even with frequent checking of my other reference books on the subject...
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By Pierre Ricolando on March 22, 2015
Format: Paperback
This was a pretty interesting read. Many of the "every day phrases" it includes I had never heard of before, but I think it may be due to them being mainly sayings from England. I did find most of the explanations to be a bit ubiquitous. The author gives many takes on the same phrase, so it's difficult to come up with a true origin story. With that said, it did seem like the author spent time researching the origins and gave some pretty interesting information nonetheless.
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I did not like Michael Chiarello's book. I is sitting on my shelf and will never again be touched but for dusting and when I get rid of it.
Black Sheet etc. is on, although not as good as Red Herrings and White Elephants.
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Format: Paperback
I am a language buff. I love knowing the roots of expressions. Some of these seem more believable than others, but on the whole it makes for fascinating, light reading.
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