Charles Earle Funk, "2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings and Expressions from White Elephants to a Song & Dance"
Galahad | September 1993 | English | ISBN: 0883658453 | 988 pages | djvu | 8,1 Mb
Why do people"take 40 winks"and not 50…or 60, or 70? Did someone literally"let the cat out of the bag"at one point in time? Has anyone actually"gone on a wild goose chase"? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this enormous collection, comprised of four bestselling titles: A Hog on Ice, Thereby Hangs a Tale, Heavens to Betsy! and Horsefeathers and Other Curious Words. Dr. Funk, editor-in-chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series, reveals the sometimes surprising, often amusing, and always fascinating roots of more than 2,000 vernacular words and expressions. From"kangaroo court"to"one-horse town", from"face the music"to"hocus-pocus, "it's an entertaining linguistic journey.