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Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases - Peter Lewis, Philip Gooden
Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases
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Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or... show more
Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd.

To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's secret? Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all...

The ideal gift for word buffs and in fact, anyone who enjoys a good yarn, this playful book looks at 12 groups of idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781408151440 (1408151448)
Publisher: A&C Black
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Category:
Humanities, Language
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Idiomantics: The weird world of popular phrases
If you're at all interested in those phrases every language has that don't translate exactly, like "the buck stops here" or one of my personal favourites: "as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" this might be a book you'd enjoy. It's a glossary, of sorts, categorising dif...
halfmanhalfbook
halfmanhalfbook rated it
4.0 Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases
A book with all those phases in that you that you know, but are never sure where they came from. This cover a number of countries phrases, not just the UK and US. Some of them are very similar to phrases and naturally can be quite rude, either implied or innuendo.As a fan of language books, this was...
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