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The Amazing Secrets of the Phrases We Use Everyday

Phraseology is the ultimate collection of everything you never knew about the wonderful phrases found in the English language. It contains information about phrase history and etymology; unusual, lost, or uncommon phrases; how phrases are formed; and more than 7,000 facts about common English phrases.

Practical enough to be used as a reference book but so fun that every book lover will want to read it straight through, Phraseology contains such engrossing tidbits as:

  • ACROSS THE BOARD is an allusion to the board displaying the odds in a horse race
  • ARTESIAN WELL gets its name from Artois, where such wells were first made
  • BEST MAN originated in Scotland, where the groom kidnapped his bride with the aid of friends, including the toughest and bravest - the best man.

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Phraseology
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2 / 5
Lots of content, little substance
March 11th, 2015
Lots of entries in here, but the author rarely goes into much depth, sometimes only saying that something was first noted "this date". Other entries were incorrect. (e.g. she says a brown bear is also known as a grizzly {different bears}; a prairie oyster is a raw egg {testicles from a castrated bull})
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