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By Charles Earle Funk, Tom Funk

ISBN-10: 0883658453

ISBN-13: 9780883658451

Why do humans "take forty winks" and never 50...or 60, or 70? Did somebody actually "let the cat out of the bag" at one time limit? Has an individual truly "gone on a wild goose chase"? discover the solutions to those questions and plenty of extra during this huge, immense assortment, created from 4 bestselling titles: A Hog on Ice, Thereby Hangs a story, Heavens to Betsy! and Horsefeathers and different Curious phrases. Dr. Funk, editor-in-chief of the Funk & Wagnalls normal Dictionary sequence, finds the occasionally stunning, usually fun, and continually interesting roots of greater than 2,000 vernacular phrases and expressions. From "kangaroo court docket" to "one-horse town", from "face the track" to "hocus-pocus," it is an exciting linguistic journey.

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Or possibly the original sense of the expression was the same as we now indicate by "duplicate," as in duplicate bridge, that after a series of hands of cards had been played, the table was 44 turned and the same series of hands was replayed, each player hold­ ing the hand previously held by an opponent. Brewer has an interesting theory that the expression is derived from an ancient Roman masculine fad of purchasing costly tables. After such a purchase, the matron of the house, chided for a purchase of her own, was alleged to "turn the tables" by reminding her spouse of his extravagance.

Later in life, Johnny may "walk Spanish" by himself by just tip-toeing cautiously out of a place where he may decide he doesn't want to be. ) Neither of the youngsters has any notion that their great­ great-grandfathers a hundred and twenty­ five years ago were saying and doing the same thing. Possibly one could go back another generation or two, but recorded use dates only to 1 82 5 . The source is Amer­ ican, and there is little doubt that it alluded originally to the practices attributed to pirates of the Spanish Main in the treatment of prisoners.

The umbles were considered a delicacy by most persons, although some thought them to be fit only for menials. " Thus, just as apron was originally napron, adder (the snake) originally. nadder, so umble was originally numble. But there would have been no point to the joke then, without an initial vowel to which cockney "h" might be prefixed. 47 or fetch) over the coals Until comparatively recent times the sin of heresy was, in many countries, punishable by death. In England, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, one found guilty of departing from the creed and tenets of the church might be condemned to death by burning.

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