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As Right as Rain: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions

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If asked, off the cuff, to unravel the many unusual and vibrant phrases that adorn our language, most of us wouldn't have a cat in hell's chance - but we'd do our level best.

In this collection, however, bestselling author Caroline Taggart gets down to the nitty-gritty on the quirky expressions that we use in everyday speech - drumming up an insight into their origins and m
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Michael O'Mara Books Limited
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Deborah Pickstone
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I love words! And phrases and weird things people say......it all fascinates me! This does not quite reach the dizzy heights of The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language orThe Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - an enchanted week when I read those! but all the same, this book is like a meal of choice morsels to me!
Shriya
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Carolines writing style, there were parts that made me: laugh, learn and ponder.

I will be reading more of Taggarts work.
Paul Taylor
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read better. One to keep in the guest bathroom
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As far as bathroom readings are concerned, this one was dull. I thought it would be fun learning about popular English expressions I could use during my review. Sadly this wasn't the case.

But as a bathroom reading it was perfect: it's made for being read in bits and pieces.

I fear that the book is made for British readers because there are too many references to British facts. In addition, as a foreigner, I had my share of difficulties when it came to read the definitions: the author would often
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