Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 December 2005

208 Pages | cartoons throughout

196 x 129 mm

ISBN: 9780192806116

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The Real McCoy

Why We Say the Things We Say

Edited by Georgia Hole and Sara Hawker

This engaging book tells the fascinating stories behind hundreds of the most interesting and commonly used idioms in the English language--from "black sheep" to "mad hatter." Each phrase has been thoroughly researched to uncover its origins and the way it has been used in the past. The book includes a section focusing on idioms linked by a common theme, such as phrases coined by Shakespeare, nautical phrases, or phrases with Biblical origin. Written in a lively and approachable style, The Real McCoy includes specially commissioned cartoons, making this a truly entertaining look at the colorful side of the English language.


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