Idiomantics: The Weird World of Popular Phrases

Idiomantics: The Weird World of Popular Phrases

By: Philip Gooden (author), Peter Lewis (author)Hardback

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Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd. To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's secret? Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all...The ideal gift for word buffs and in fact, anyone who enjoys a good yarn, this playful book looks at 12 groups of idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind.

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About Author

Philip Gooden is author of the acclaimed Who's Whose? and Faux Pas, has written several novels and taught English at secondary level for many years. Peter Lewis is an experienced reference publisher.

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/09/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781408151440
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781408151440
  • weight: 308
  • ISBN10: 1408151448

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