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Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red : The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases - Andrew Thompson

Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red

The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases

Paperback Published: 1st June 2017
ISBN: 9781612436685
Number Of Pages: 280

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Over 400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journey

The English language is riddled with phrases that are complete nonsense. Ever met "a monkey's uncle," seen a "red-handed" thief, or "put a sock in it" when asked? You knows the real meaning of these common expressions, but do you know where, why, and how these idioms entered America's vernacular in the first place? Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red uncovers and explains the amazing and bizarre origins of 400 such phrases.

Breezy and fun to read, this book of word trivia is far from being just an etymological dictionary. As if he were unraveling 400 little mysteries, the author reveals the backstory of each expression and tells how they've gained their new meanings. For example, you will enjoy following the exploits of the Marquis of Waterford. Was it the Mad Marquis' drunken excess and paint-brush wielding fun in the town of Melton Mowbray that inspired so many to "paint the town red" even today? This question and many others will be answered within.

About the Author

Andrew Thompson practices law but his obsession with finding out the truth about aspects of the world that we take for granted has led him to accumulate a vast body of knowledge which he has at last distilled into book form.

ISBN: 9781612436685
ISBN-10: 1612436684
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st June 2017
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 12.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.25

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