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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; 1 edition (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856266648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856266642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book for those who like words...allows for playing with the use of words.
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The phrases from etymology of words and historical things that created our idioms.... May 20 2012
By A. Tice - Published on Amazon.com
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Here are some brief examples (although the book explains in more detail):
* "The Midas Touch" means the ability to make money, to have continuous good fortune, it comes from the story of - Midas the legendary king of Phrygia, was granted a wish by Bacchus in return for a helping hand extended to one of his followers. Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. The wish dissolved when he washed his hands to eat.
* "Pandora's Box" means a seemingly harmless situation fraught with hidden difficulties, it comes from - Zeus giving Pandora a beautiful box that she was told never to open. One day she turned the key and peeped inside. At that moment all the problems of wickedness were loosened upon mankind ever since.
* "Three Sheets To The Wind" means very drunk, it comes from - The more sails there are in the wind, the more unstable the ship, like a drunken sailor.
* "A thorn in my side" means a person or thing which causes persistent pain or annoyance and it comes from- The Bible book of Numbers 33:55, God commands them to drive out all the inhabitants and if they do not, those who remain will be "barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides".
Some idioms have more than one theory of how they originated, and all theories are listed.
There is an index and bibliography.
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Great book. May 14 2013
By Neurad1 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book explains the origin of lots of the idioms we hear or use daily. Very interesting reading. Another book of idioms that I purchased (Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook) told the meaning of idioms without explaining their origins and was less enjoyable.
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happy Jan. 8 2013
By Rhonda Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
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thanks for this book its great fun to read read read read read read read read read read read read

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