Heavens to Betsy Author:Charles Earle Funk; illustrations by Tom Funk What has the expression "mad as a hatter" to do with mercury? What was the first book to use the phrase "at the eleventh hour"? How old is the expression "as rich as Croesus"? How new is the expression "brain trust"? — Like the three previous books in this series* Heavens to Betsy! is packed with discussions of sayings derived from classical s... more »ources, historic events, frontier humor and the wit and failings of mankind. Everyone who loves words--curious, offbeat, strange and intriguing words--will love this book and welcome it to a permanent spot on the bookshelf.
"A racy, sinewy, witty Aerican, using nationally current slang in his definitions and discussions, always with a kind of deft touch and with just the right amount of first person reminiscences to lend flavor to his quest."
*Also available: A Hog On Ice; Thereby Hangs A Tale; Horsefeathers« less