Interesting Stories about Curious Words : From Stealing Thunder to Red Herrings by Susie Dent (Hardback)

ISBN: 9781399811675

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Join Susie Dent, lexicographer extraordinaire and Queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner, on a curious and exceedingly interesting adventure through all the very best RED HERRINGS, COCK AND BULL STORIES and NINE-DAY WONDERS in the English language.

Who was SWEET FANNY ADAMS? What’s the dramatic true story behind STEALING THUNDER? Why is it CHANCING YOUR ARM when you take a risk? What do bears have to do with LICKING INTO SHAPE? Or robbers with PULLING SOMEONE’S LEG? Why are CIRCLES VICIOUS? And, what’s so bad about a WHITE ELEPHANT?

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Join Susie Dent, lexicographer extraordinaire and Queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner, on a curious and exceedingly interesting adventure through all the very best RED HERRINGS, COCK AND BULL STORIES and NINE-DAY WONDERS in the English language.

Who was SWEET FANNY ADAMS? What’s the dramatic true story behind STEALING THUNDER? Why is it CHANCING YOUR ARM when you take a risk? What do bears have to do with LICKING INTO SHAPE? Or robbers with PULLING SOMEONE’S LEG? Why are CIRCLES VICIOUS? And, what’s so bad about a WHITE ELEPHANT?

ISBN 9781399811675

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