Phraseology

Phraseology

The Definitive Compendium

Paperback310pp Illustrated226x150mm

9781402212871     Product Code: 511441

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Highlighting the rich diversity of the English language, this dictionary defines thousands of phrases that are commonly used but whose origins may have been lost or altered over the years – ‘knock on wood’, for example, stems from the belief that tapping on a tree trunk would summon a guardian spirit. Less common phrases, such as kew-kaw (upside down) are explained, and literal translations are given for phrases borrowed from other languages.

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