Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day

Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day

Albert Jack


Albert Jack's "Shaggy canine and Black Sheep" is a compulsively readable, hugely enlightening examine the words we use forever yet hardly ever examine. The English language is filled with vibrant words and sayings that we use with no pondering each day. It's in basic terms while we're requested who clever Alec or Holy Moly have been, the place feeling 'in the pink' or 'once in a blue moon' come from, or maybe what letting the cat out of the bag rather implies that we observe that there's way more to English than we'd have proposal. fortunately sufficient, we have Albert Jack. And instead of resting on his laurels after the large good fortune of "Red Herrings and White Elephants", he has persisted his go searching the realm, exploring the origins of enormous quantities extra words. The interesting tales he has exposed come from the wealthy traditions of the military, military and legislations to self belief tricksters and highwaymen, from the practices of old civilizations to song corridor and pubs. decided to chase every one funny story to the sour finish, his discoveries are even stranger and extra memorable this time around. From the surface of your tooth to the graveyard shift - you'll by no means communicate (or even imagine) English within the comparable method back. Albert Jack has turn into anything of a publishing phenomenon, clocking up thousands of revenues together with his sequence of bestselling adventures tracing the glorious tales at the back of daily words ("Red Herrings and White Elephants"), the world's nice mysteries ("Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs") and nursery rhymes ("Pop is going the Weasel").

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