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Watch your tongue : What Our Everyday Sayings and Idioms Figuratively Mean

Author: Mark Abley
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Phrases, idioms, and clichEs-why do we say the things we say' Watch Your Tongue explores weird and wonderful everyday sayings and what they reveal about us. Do you ever wonder why you shouldn't have a cow but you should seize a bull by its horns' Who has the better reputation in language-cats or dogs' Do you sometimes feel that our speech is all smoke and mirrors or that our expressions simply make no sense' In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Terms and phrases
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Watch your tongue.:
Toronto : Simon and Schuster Canada, 2018.
(CaOONL)20189023147
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Abley
ISBN: 9781501172298 1501172298
OCLC Number: 1060596974
Notes: Electronic book.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Dedication; Key to sidebars; Raining Glass; Swan Dive; Beefcake; Serving Time; Stealing Your Heart; Scared of Your Own Shadow; Run Down; Shooting the Breeze; To Spin a Yarn; Dark Horse; Loose Lips Sink Ships; Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Copyright
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Phrases, idioms, and clichEs-why do we say the things we say' Watch Your Tongue explores weird and wonderful everyday sayings and what they reveal about us. Do you ever wonder why you shouldn't have a cow but you should seize a bull by its horns' Who has the better reputation in language-cats or dogs' Do you sometimes feel that our speech is all smoke and mirrors or that our expressions simply make no sense' In Watch Your Tongue, award-winning author Mark Abley explores the phrases, idioms, and clichEs of our everyday language. With wit and subtle wisdom, he unravels the mysteries of these expressions, illuminating the history, tradition and stories behind everything we say. Pulling examples from Shakespeare's plays to sports team names, ancient Rome to Twitter, Abley shares samples and anecdotes of the eccentric ways that we play with, parse, and pattern language. Why do so many companies use fruit for their brand names' What do politicians mean when they say they're going to "drain the swamp"' Why does English use chickens to signify cowardice' Abley dives into the history and psychology behind these examples and countless others, unpacking their significance (and sheer absurdity) to show how our language developed, where it is headed, and what we can learn about ourselves from it. Whimsically illustrated, easily browsable, and full of catchy sidebars, Watch Your Tongue celebrates how we amuse ourselves with words and what our sayings reveal about the way we see the world.

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