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A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  9 reviews
He's as independent as a hog on ice!Where did expressions like this come from anyway?

Now finally we'll know what "letting the cat out of the bag" or "going on a wild-goose chase" refers to. In this fun collection of more than 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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1948)
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Sony Esquivel
This is an interesting book to pick up and read a few pages at a time. I highly recommend this book
No tengo manera de calificar este libro, pero sí de apreciar lo que aprendí de él.
Some of this is overdone, but Funk is very very careful--if he says he knows where a word or phrase came from, he's apt to be able to prove it. Will just say so if he doesn't know or couldn't find out. Some of the expressions he takes the trouble to explain here are completely out of style now, or uncommon even when in use. But very interesting to word-hounds just the same.
I haven't actually read this particular book; I just finished the original book (the one published in the 1940's). I somehow stumbled upon it in the library and checked it out. I thought it was very intertwining. I enjoy this kind of off the wall old history. It's definitely a 'just for fun' sort of book & I encourage people to read it as such.
Jan 26, 2008 Chriss rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Word fans, etymology freaks and anyone who's wondered where that word came from
This is a really fun book. I love Funk’s writing and research so much that I always buy his books when I find them. Most are out of print, though, this book was reprinted in 2002.

My blog has a full review, with excerpts & scans of the illustrations.
I thought this would be really interesting, and at first it was. First of all: it rapidly became BORING! This author completely sucked the life and interest out of the subject. In addition, since it was written in 1948, meanings of some of the expressions have actually changed! It felt dated beyond belief.
The book covers a good number of expressions, many of which I've heard before and others I haven't. There is usually around two expressions on each page. The short explanation covers the meaning of the phrase and, if he knows it, the origin.
Barbara Mader
Not as much fun as I thought it would be--expectations too high. I thought I would learn all sorts of startling or fascinating histories of the sayings, and learn oodles of new colorful phrases, but, well, not really. It was OK.
Benjamin Plume
This is a guide to all kinds of idioms and their history. There was a whole series, but this was the only one I ever got around to reading.
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