The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions
Michael O'Mara 2013
Hardback 224pp Illustrated
9781782430773   Product Code: 23890
Why is it bacon that we bring home? What is the lurch you could be left in? When did people start promising to eat their hats? And did Monty Python inspire the phrase 'sick as a parrot'? Caroline Taggart tracks down the first documented use of the English language's most absurd and quirky expressions, explaining the logic of their original meanings to make them a little less baffling for native speakers and language-learners alike.