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Red Herrings and White Elephants The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day

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ISBN-10: 0060843373

ISBN-13: 9780060843373

Edition: 2006

Authors: Albert Jack, Ama Page

List price: $16.99
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Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from? From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone unturned, the English language is peppered with hundreds of common idioms borrowed from ancient traditions and civilizations throughout the world. In Red Herrings and White Elephants, Albert Jack has uncovered the amazing and sometimes downright bizarre stories behind many of our most familiar and eccentric modes of expression: If you happen to be a bootlegger, your profession recalls the Wild West outlaws who sold illegal alcohol by concealing slender bottles of whiskey in their…    
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English