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Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
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Andrew Thompson
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Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases

Andrew Thompson


9781612436685

ULYSSES PRESS


Historical & comparative linguistics;
Reference;
Trivia & quiz question books


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280 pages

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The English language is riddled with phrases that are complete nonsense. Ever met a monkey's uncle, seen a red-handed thief, or put a sock in it when asked? You knows the real meaning of these common expressions, but do you know where, why, and how these idioms entered America's vernacular in the first place? Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red uncovers and explains the amazing and bizarre origins of 400 such phrases. Breezy and fun to read, this book of word trivia is far from being just an etymological dictionary. As if he were unraveling 400 little mysteries, the author reveals the backstory of each expression and tells how they've gained their new meanings. For example, you will enjoy following the exploits of the Marquis of Waterford. Was it the Mad Marquis' drunken excess and paint-brush wielding fun in the town of Melton Mowbray that inspired so many to paint the town red even today? This question and many others will be answered within.

By:   Andrew Thompson
Imprint:   ULYSSES PRESS
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   249g
ISBN:   9781612436685
ISBN 10:   1612436684
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Thompson practices law but his obsession with finding out the truth about aspects of the world that we take for granted has led him to accumulate a vast body of knowledge which he has at last distilled into book form.

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