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Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition: A Collection of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful Words, Phrases, Praises, Insults, Idioms, and Literary Flourishes from Eras Past Hardcover – March 12, 2013

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"What a fun book!"
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Lesley M. M. Blume is a journalist, writer, and cultural observer based in New York City.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452105308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452105307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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By D. N. Stewart on January 5, 2014
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... but I knew about three-quarters of the words and expressions. Hardly worth the price of the book. It is supposed to piggyback on the first "Let's Bring Back..." which WAS a delight of insight into the recent past.
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By Charlotte on April 18, 2013
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I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately as some other reviewers mentioned, most of the words are used in everyday conversation. I was hoping for some lost and delightful gems of words, but this is more of a 101 course in quaint phrases than a book for people who really want some strange and forgotten words.
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By Phyll on September 10, 2015
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I would have taken these comments private but the lady's just too precious for direct communication. Nearly every entry is for a word that is common knowledge for anyone of voting age. Worse are the errors. "Through the ringer?" It doesn't even make sense. The phrase is actually "through the wringer," which refers to putting an article of wet clothing from the washing tub through the wringer portion that would squeeze the cloth very tightly. This left the cloth merely damp. In other words, put in a situation of extreme pressure.
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Ever since I ordered this book I have been at my desk like Agnes Gooch cackling at the amazing stories, thoughts, ideas and phrases Ms. LMMB has tirelessly scoured the Earth (and numerous bars) to share with us.

As a writer for The New York Times, Style.com, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and others I am always looking for just the right bon mot to send my stories to the next level and thanks to this book I find many that cause my editors to have a proper 'Knees-Up' when I turn in my pieces.

BRAVO a MUST have for all writers especially young ones (esp those 13 years old and from the Valley) who think LMAO and TTYL are the bees knees.

I recently went bananas and bought piles of them for hostess gifts when I visit my friends country homes in England and America- It's the new PG Wodehouse everyone is going crackers for.
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No need to bring them back, most of these are already here. Unless you have been deprived of all reading matter since birth, most of these
words and phrases are familiar to us today. Rather dull and charmless book. Glad it was free.
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I adored this book! It is a delight to every sense (yes even smell because the words so are evocative at times you can almost smell them!)
I love the irony, wit and thought that the author has put it into this and I am filled now with wonderful words that I can't wait to have the opportunity to use. It is engaging and makes language the intriguing and fun subject it should be. A feel good package of delight perfect as a gift and to have on hand for those great moments when you are searching for the perfect word and get the satisfaction of finding it. Love it!
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I love words and phrases, the beauty of the English language, and the pleasure of having a large working vocabulary, hence my joy at finding this compendium of forgotten and obsolete words and phrases, linguistic expressions which, according to the compiler, were either phased out prematurely or should be brought back into uncommon usage because situations have arisen, mirroring the times in which they were current. I have to admit that a quarter of the entries, perhaps even a third, are already in my working vocabulary, and probably more than half were familiar to me through my reading. That said, I encountered many wonderful and sometimes zany examples of past words and phrases unknown to me, but which I am considering incorporating into my vocabulary, if only to confuse and annoy acquaintances. Particularly appreciated by me was a list of insults courtesy of the Bard. I think if there is any one thing that surprised me in this book, it was the date of first usage of many of the words, far earlier than I expected, sometimes as far back as the low Middle Ages. If you enjoy language for language’s sake, as I do, I think you will enjoy this book.
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i now have all three of leslie blume's books, and i love each of them. i am a huge fan of nostalgia, as well as words, so this book was a real treat.

one: i love the word choices. yes, there were many i was familiar with, however there were far more i was not.

two: i love that she explains how these phrases came to be. i am sure many of us have used the term 'dark horse' without knowing where it originated.

three: the illustrations are tops! i love the art in all her books, and this one is no exception.

i am a big believer in correspondence (who doesn't love a pretty letter in their mailbox?), and this volume is a joy to peruse for some colorful terms to amuse the recipient.

thank you ms. blume, and please keep these adorable books coming!
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