- Hardcover: 988 pages
- Publisher: Galahad; First Galahad Edition edition (September 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0883658453
- ISBN-13: 978-0883658451
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 2.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings and Expressions from White Elephants to a Song & Dance Hardcover – September, 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
Author, Charles Earie Funk, (yes of Funk & Wagnalls fame) has included four previous bestselling titles, "A Hog On Ice", "Thereby Hangs", "A Tale", "Heavens To Betsy", and "Horsefeathers".
I always enjoy referring back to this fun book. It also makes for a good ice-breaker at a party or even a family gathering. Want to distract pinch-cheeking Auntie Rose? Let her have a gander at "2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings and Expressions".
Warning--once you start thumbing through this, you'll be speaking in cliches for days!
Superb educational fun for all ages.
Another thing, this book is very thick, which is something that I wasn't expecting either. No big deal, but something to keep in mind for others like myself who don't have a lot of storage space for such things.
Don't get me wrong, the book is good for what it is, as long as you know what you're getting. I apparently didn't.
I should mention one minute drawback--the man who first wrote these books (and his son continues the tradition) lived at the beginning of the twentieth century, so the book isn't as "hip" as the title would seem to indicate. If you aren't already interested in words, this won't get you going.
Not what I expected (very big and bulky book). I reccomend Heavens To Betsy & Other Curious Sayings but since the republishing of it (2002) it seems it has changed. Oh well
This book is fun for both reading from cover-to-cover and skimming as "bathroom material". The expressions are explained in plain, straightforward descriptions, with the author engagingly outlining the origins and usage of each unusual word or phrase.
I didn't recognize all of the phrases in this huge tome - some of them seem a little old, out-dated, or perhaps just not native to my region, like "hog on ice"! - but many of the words and phrases are so familiar that I was startled to realize that I'd never even bothered to wonder where they had come from before now. "Juggernaut" would be a good example: would you like to know where that word came from? Mr. Funk is here to save the day!
I love this book as a great resource for seeing the evolution of common words and terms. While most of this can probably be found online nowadays, you're unlikely to find them all compiled together in such an easily browsed source. I will admit that this probably isn't a cover-to-cover read, but it is useful for looking up terms and fun for browsing on a lazy afternoon.
~ Ana Mardoll
read. This book does have a comprehensive index, but I thought it was awkward to get to the origins
I wanted to access.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Doesn't explain word origins in a conversational manner. This is not a coffee table book.Published 7 months ago by Kristin L. Currin