Money for Old Rope: The Big Book of Everything Paperback – April 2, 2013
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While this can be interesting to language trivia buffs, and certainly fascinating to the Cliff Clavin barstool champions, it has a few issues.
Most critically, it would be a great benefit to know the SOURCE of the cited research. How do we know the research was done into the origin of a word, or a pub name? you don't. Wikipedia mandates closer sourcing.
It's Scattered.... the stories and background and organization seem scattered at best. there aare general categories, and it SEEMS like there's an attempt to then follow some alphabetical basis, but there are often skips to the side.
Smothered: Definitely so, in that the writing is clear, but not concise. You'll throughly know the origin of some sayings. Thoroughly.
Covered: I'd agree that its covered. But its covered so completely that after the first few sections the purpose of trudging through to the end was more about the fact that I finish almost everything I set out to read...and it takes real effort for a book to be so terrible I won't finish it. This didn't rise to that level.
Would I reccomend it? Maybe. It would be especially beneficial to the book to have an index to allow a ready to skip only to the part they desired to read, rather than slogging through.
While I loved Part 1 about the sayings' origins, I find too much of a mix of quality in the Urban Legends section. Some stories were very humorous and fun, others too gruesome. I stopped reading them, but others may find it interesting.
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My complaints with the book (which is why I gave it a four star rating rather than five) , are that there are typing errors throughout the book such as 'the the' and some of the information from the phrases portion of the book is repeated in the words portion of the book, which although they are connected makes the reader feel that the author sees them as stupid to not make the connection themselves. Plus it is boring to have to read the same information twice.
Overall though , I would recommend downloading this book as there are some quite entertaining facts in there, and considering that it is free (as is the second book) , the typing errors and mistakes can be forgiven and overlooked.
Definitely worth a read.