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Why Do We Say It?

Book - 2017
Alphabetically arranged entries trace the origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions.
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What do the whole kit and caboodle, the whole shebang, the whole megillah, the whole enchilada, the whole nine yards, the whole box and dice, and the full Monty have in common? They're all expressions that mean the entire quantity, and they're all...
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'Cloud nine', 'at the drop of a hat', 'spitting image', 'mollycoddle', 'rigmarole', 'round robin', 'spill the beans', 'kick the bucket', 'balderdash' and 'touch wood'. There are so many curious words and phrases that we often use and yet haven't...
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An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.
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Ketchup began as a fermented fish sauce from China's Fujian province: ke for fermented fish, tchup for sauce. The British were the first to add tomatoes to their anchovy "catsup" in 1817. A century later, Heinz changed the spelling again--and...
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