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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions Original Edition

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ISBN-10: 039953637X
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 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: #669,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants was a gift given to my mother. I have not heard from her if she has even read it yet. The order it was a part of came in good time and all three book were in excellent condition.
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When ordering this, I was not aware that this book was written by a British author. So all of the "everyday expressions" will not be familiar to you even AFTER reading the description of these obscure British sayings. Many of the other ones will be familiar to you, however, as we still use them. All in all, an interesting book.
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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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was very happy with purchase. fast delivery. will not hesitate to do business with them in the future. recommend them.
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