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Cassell's dictionary of word and phrase origins

Author: Nigel Rees
Publisher: London : Cassell ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub. Co., 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New edView all editions and formats
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New and expanded, with over 1,200 words and colloquial expressions--including newcomers to the language--this dictionary starts where others give up. Ever wonder where the word "nerd" came from? Thank Dr. Seuss he coined it in the 1950s. Were you given the sack? That's the bag of tools returned to masons when they were fired. You'll also learn why we say someone "makes money hand over fist," and the origins of "the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Rees
ISBN: 0304362255 9780304362257
OCLC Number: 50041682
Notes: Previous edition: 1996.
Description: ix, 274 pages ; 20 cm
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Other Titles: Word and phrase origins
Responsibility: Nigel Rees.
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Why do we say a person is the "spitting image" of someone else, or "take a rain check"? These questions are rarely answered by conventional dictionaries, but this book takes a wide-ranging approach  Read more...

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