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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions Paperback – January 4, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0399536373 ISBN-10: 039953637X Edition: Original

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; Original edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953637X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536373
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Writer and editor Harry Oliver holds a fascination for the quirky stories behind aspects of our everyday lives. The author of Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops and Black Cats and Four-Leaf Clovers, he lives and works in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A funny book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Mullins on June 12, 2011
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This is a really cute little book, but a word of warning to those of you who prefer to learn about the idiomatic sayings of American English: this book is more for those who are interested in British English. There are a few sayings which cross over into both British and American English, but it is predominantly British. Still, it's a cute read for a short flight.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reading in Nebraska on October 22, 2011
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The book seemed to be more tuned to British sayings. It was never advertised as such but some of the saying's origins were of no interest to me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2011
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Although interesting, the material presented gives the impression that he made up some of it, or heard it on the street. I expected a much more scholarly treatment. As it is, I can't rely on the material in the book, and certainly will not quote anything in it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J. Franklin on December 24, 2012
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This is a great book for anyone who likes language and is interested in finding out what certain phrases mean. Many of the phrases are familiar, but you may not know how they came about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruthie on March 18, 2011
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Many phrases are reviewed*. (*historical roots of the phrases) Each description is from 2 to 6 paragraphs - i.e. a quick reference. Wonderful information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael frank on February 12, 2013
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was very happy with purchase. fast delivery. will not hesitate to do business with them in the future. recommend them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terri K. Stewart on January 20, 2013
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This is a quick read and fun to find out the stories behind the phrases. This is a good book for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Fabick on December 28, 2011
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Arrived on time and in the condition advertised. The book is very cute, and has some really interesting stories on the origin of familiar saysings.
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