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The Resource Watch your tongue : what our everyday sayings and idioms figuratively mean, Mark Abley ; illustrations by Belle Wuthrich

Watch your tongue : what our everyday sayings and idioms figuratively mean, Mark Abley ; illustrations by Belle Wuthrich

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Watch your tongue : what our everyday sayings and idioms figuratively mean
Title
Watch your tongue
Title remainder
what our everyday sayings and idioms figuratively mean
Statement of responsibility
Mark Abley ; illustrations by Belle Wuthrich
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Do you ever wonder why you shouldn't have a cow but you should seize a bull by its horns? Who has the better reputation in language--cats or dogs? Do you sometimes feel that our speech is all smoke and mirrors or that our expressions simply make no sense? In Watch Your Tongue, award-winning author Mark Abley explores the phrases, idioms, and clichés of our everyday language. With wit and subtle wisdom, he unravels the mysteries of these expressions, illuminating the history, tradition and stories behind everything we say. Pulling examples from Shakespeare's plays to sports team names, ancient Rome to Twitter, Abley shares samples and anecdotes of the eccentric ways that we play with, parse, and pattern language. Why do so many companies use fruit for their brand names? What do politicians mean when they say they're going to "drain the swamp"? Why does English use chickens to signify cowardice? Abley dives into the history and psychology behind these examples and countless others, unpacking their significance (and sheer absurdity) to show how our language developed, where it is headed, and what we can learn about ourselves from it. Whimsically illustrated, easily browsable, and full of catchy sidebars, Watch Your Tongue celebrates how we amuse ourselves with words and what our sayings reveal about the way we see the world."--
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YDX
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Abley, Mark
Dewey number
428
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PE1460
LC item number
.A28 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1989-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wuthrich, Belle
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Clichés
  • Figures of speech
  • Clichés
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Figures of speech
Label
Watch your tongue : what our everyday sayings and idioms figuratively mean, Mark Abley ; illustrations by Belle Wuthrich
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Publication
Note
The struck-out word "literally" is printed before "figuratively" on the title page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Raining glass -- Swan dive -- Beefcake -- Serving time -- Stealing your heart -- Scared of your own shadow -- Run down -- Shooting the breeze -- To spin a yarn -- Dark horse -- Loose lips sink ships -- Can a leopard change its spots?
Control code
on1022741455
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
x, 260 pages
Isbn
9781501172281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Watch your tongue : what our everyday sayings and idioms figuratively mean, Mark Abley ; illustrations by Belle Wuthrich
Publication
Note
The struck-out word "literally" is printed before "figuratively" on the title page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Raining glass -- Swan dive -- Beefcake -- Serving time -- Stealing your heart -- Scared of your own shadow -- Run down -- Shooting the breeze -- To spin a yarn -- Dark horse -- Loose lips sink ships -- Can a leopard change its spots?
Control code
on1022741455
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
x, 260 pages
Isbn
9781501172281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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