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As Right as Rain

The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions

Extent: 224 pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date:

Price: £12.99

ISBN: 9781782430773

Categories: Language

About the Book

Would you be down in the dumps if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, it was all Greek to you? Let's not beat about the bush: the English language is littered with linguistic quirks, which, out of context, seem completely peculiar. If you can't quite cut the mustard, this book will explain how on earth 'off the cuff' came to express improvisation, why a 'gut feeling' is more intuitive than a brainwave, and who the heck is 'happy' Larry.

These expressions and countless more become a piece of cake once you've read As Right as Rain – perfect for any Tom, Dick or Harry with a love of language.

Publication Date: 05/09/2013

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781782430940

Categories: Language

About the Book

Would you be down in the dumps if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, it was all Greek to you? Let's not beat about the bush: the English language is littered with linguistic quirks, which, out of context, seem completely peculiar. If you can't quite cut the mustard, this book will explain how on earth 'off the cuff' came to express improvisation, why a 'gut feeling' is more intuitive than a brainwave, and who the heck is 'happy' Larry.

These expressions and countless more become a piece of cake once you've read As Right as Rain – perfect for any Tom, Dick or Harry with a love of language.

About the Author

Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for thirty years before being asked by Michael O'Mara Books to write I Used to Know That, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Following that she was co-author of My Grammar and I (or should that be 'Me'?), and wrote a number of other books about words and English usage. She has appeared frequently on television and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and whether or not Druids Cross should have an apostrophe.

Her website is carolinetaggart.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

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