By Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell
Studying the origins of daily idioms and expressions, akin to "a typhoon in a teacup" and "flavour of the month", this e-book explains their meanings and offers examples in their use. Interspersed with the person entries are mini-essays on ordinary subject matters - regular words with nautical origins, expressions in keeping with the macabre and at the above all British view of foreigners. (Why will we have Dutch uncles and Dutch treats, yet take French leave?) For the intense scholar, there are dates of first use and assistance on right or present utilization, whereas the browser and lover of phrases is available a resource of fascination and delight. The authors' earlier books comprise "Current English Usage".
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Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins by Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell