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Cassell's Dictionary Of Word And Phrase Origins (Cassell Dictionary…

by Nigel Rees

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This was my stocking filler present, and whichever of my parents thought of that was a genius. It's not a book you can sit down and read straight through, I think, but it's very fun to dip into and chase down the most random bits of information. It's amazing how many phrases can be traced back to Shakespeare...

Anyway, worth having around for those moments where you wonder what in the hell a certain phrase actually means. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
A ridiculously informative book. ( )
  Linus_Linus | Jul 6, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0304362255, Paperback)

Have any idea where the word "nerd" came from, or "twerp"? This dictionary starts where ordinary references beg off. Discover that bad hair day was originated by California teenagers in the early 1990s. Learn that bikini comes from the name of a Pacific island used in the 1940s for atomic bomb tests. Learn why a flight data recorder is called a black box--even though it's orange.

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