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Money for Old Rope: The Origins of Some Things You Thought You Already Knew (The Big Book of Everything - Part 1)

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From the Author of the Internationally Bestselling Red Herrings & White Elephants, Pop Goes the Weasel, What Caesar did for My Salad, Shaggy Dogs, They Laughed at Galileo:

Money for Old Rope is essentially a ‘best of’ collection of best-selling books that reveal the origins and history of just about everything we can think of. In fact, as one wise man suggested, it is t
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Kindle Edition, 526 pages
Published August 13th 2012 by Albert Jack Publishing
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Leslie
Mar 01, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun, non-fiction, historic
I love trivia. I have been dubbed the "Queen of Useless information" this book was perfect for me. If you have ever wondered where phrases, idioms and nursery rhymes originated this book answers all of those questions.

A must read for the curious.
Sheila
Nov 11, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Money for Old Rope has a lot of information in it about how some of our phrases came about that we use, urban legends, etc. It's very interesting.
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Entertaining, sometimes a little tedious and patronising, but meant in good humour I am sure. Easy enough as a bedside read but you won't be gripped enough to stay up all night with it.
John
Dec 03, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely Entertaining

Albert Jack, hopefully not by himself has complied a book containing the origins of words and phrases, some of which are still used today.
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Albert Jack, pen name for Graham Willmott, is an international best-selling author and historian. He is an expert in explaining the unexplained and has appeared on live television shows and has made thousands of radio appearances worldwide.
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