Book Reviews of A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions (Harper Colophon Books)

A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions (Harper Colophon Books)
A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions - Harper Colophon Books
Author: Charles Earle Funk
ISBN-13: 9780060912598
ISBN-10: 0060912596
Publication Date: 6/22/1985
Pages: 224
Rating:
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3.8 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Harper Resource
Book Type: Paperback
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Over 400 curious expressions and sayings that we use in our daily speech. Interesting and humorous.
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When our grandparents said of a person that he was "as independent as a hog on ice," why did they mean that he was confident and self-assured? How did the expression "a wild-goose chase" originate? Did you know that people used to "let the cat out of the bag" literally?
Dr. Funk has taken these and over four hundred other curious expressions and sayings that, without thought, we use in our daily speech. He has traced them back through the years or centuries in an effort to determine their sources, to find out what the original allusions were, or to give us his expert opinion when facts cannot be traced. A great book from a smoke-free home.
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Where did this phrase come from? This book has the answers. "the apple of one's eye" "to go off half cocked" "skin the cat"
"a big shot" "wet blanket" "the lion's share" The book has all the answers and is lots of fun to read.
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Traced curious expressions and sayings back through the years or centuries to in an effort to determine their sources....The reader will be amused almost always, surprised a good part of the time & informed throughout!
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Invaluable for anyone with curiosity about words and sayings of any kind.