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The Resource In a manner of speaking : phrases, expressions, and proverbs and how we use and misuse them, Colin McNairn

In a manner of speaking : phrases, expressions, and proverbs and how we use and misuse them, Colin McNairn

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In a manner of speaking : phrases, expressions, and proverbs and how we use and misuse them
Title
In a manner of speaking
Title remainder
phrases, expressions, and proverbs and how we use and misuse them
Statement of responsibility
Colin McNairn
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What do the whole kit and caboodle, the whole shebang, the whole megillah, the whole enchilada, the whole nine yards, the whole box and dice, and the full Monty have in common? They're all expressions that mean the entire quantity, and they're all examples of the breadth and depth of the English-speaking world's vocabulary. From the multitude of words and phrases in daily use, the author of this delightful exploration into what we say and why we say it zeroes in on those expressions and sayings and their variations that are funny, quirky, just plain folksy, or playfully dressed up in rhyme or alliteration. Some may have become cliches that, as it's said with tongue in cheek, should be avoided like the plague. Others have been distorted, deemed politically incorrect, or shrouded in mystery and must bear some explanation. Among the topics the author delves into are expressions that shouldn't be taken literally (dressed to kill and kick the bucket), foreign expressions that crept into English (carte blanche, carpe diem, and que sera, sera), phrases borrowed from print ads and TV commercials (where there's life, there's Bud and where the rubber meets the road), animal images (a barrel of monkeys and chasing your tail), and food and drink (cast your bread upon the water, chew the fat, bottom's up!, and drink as a lord). Here's a book for everyone who delights in the mysteries of language and the perfect gift for all the wordies in your life
Cataloging source
PNX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McNairn, Colin H. H.
Dewey number
428
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1460
LC item number
.M373 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • Figures of speech
  • English language
Label
In a manner of speaking : phrases, expressions, and proverbs and how we use and misuse them, Colin McNairn
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn907950418
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9781632205209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
In a manner of speaking : phrases, expressions, and proverbs and how we use and misuse them, Colin McNairn
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn907950418
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9781632205209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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