A Hog on Ice

& Other Curious Expressions

by Charles E. Funk

On Sale: 10/01/2002

A Hog on Ice

& Other Curious Expressions

by Charles E. Funk

On Sale: 10/01/2002

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About the Book

From “mad as a wet hen” to “corn dodger” and “hobgoblin,” Charles Funk’s collections of curious words and expressions are a treasure trove of word origin.

Where did expressions like this come from anyway?

Now finally we’ll know what “letting the cat out of the bag” or “going on wild-goose chase” refers to. In this fun collection of over 400 curious expressions and sayings, Dr. Funk explains the meanings that we use in everyday speech without even thinking about it. He has traced them back through the years-in some cases centuries-in an effort to determine their sources, to find out what the original allusions were, or, at the very least, to give us his expert opinion when facts cannot be traced.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060513290
  • ISBN 10: 0060513292
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 10/01/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Authorship
  • BISAC2 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Fiction Writing
  • BISAC3 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Nonfiction (incl. Memoirs)
  • BISAC4 : EDUCATION / Reference
  • BISAC5 : REFERENCE / Quotations
  • BISAC6 : REFERENCE / Trivia
  • BISAC7 : REFERENCE / Word Lists
  • BISAC8 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
  • BISAC9 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
  • BISAC10 : HISTORY / Social History

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