Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them Parkinson, Judy

Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them

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How on earth did 'with bells on' come to express enthusiasm? What do chips on shoulders have to do with inferiority complexes? And who is the face that launched a thousand ships? Did you know that 'the rule of thumb' refers to the use of the thumb to make measurements, as the first joint of the average adult thumb measures one inch?
Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas provides us with the meanings of these well-worn and much-loved phrases by putting these linguistic quirks in context, and explaining how and why they were first used. Absorbing, diverting and fascinating - as far as gift books go, Spilling the Beans really is the bee's knees!



PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781782430117
BY (AUTHOR) Parkinson, Judy
PUBLISHER : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : April 04, 2013
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 198 mm x 129 mm
SERIES : I Used to Know That ...

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Language & Linguistics
Lifestyle, Hobbies & Leisure
DESCRIPTION : How on earth did 'with bells on' come to express enthusiasm? What do chips on shoulders have to do with inferiority complexes? And who is the face that launched a thousand ships? Did you know that 'the rule of thumb' refers to the use of the thumb to make measurements, as the first joint of the average adult thumb measures one inch?Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas provides us with the meanings of these well-worn and much-loved phrases by putting these linguistic quirks in context, and explaining how and why they were first used. Absorbing, diverting and fascinating - as far as gift books go, Spilling the Beans really is the bee's knees! PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9781782430117 BY (AUTHOR) Parkinson, Judy PUBLISHER : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : April 04, 2013 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd LANGUAGE : English AGE : General PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback DIMENSION : 198 mm x 129 mm SERIES : I Used to Know That ... PRODUCT CATEGORY : Language & Linguistics Lifestyle, Hobbies & Leisure