Kicking the Bucket at the Drop of a Hat: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions

Kicking the Bucket at the Drop of a Hat: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions

By: Caroline Taggart (author)Paperback

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A fascinating collection of the many unusual and vibrant phrases that adorn our language, looking at their origins and meanings. Don't be down in the dumps if you can't cut the mustard when asked the definition of certain phrases - this down-to-earth guide is just the ticket. This collection contains some intriguing and remarkable stories about our best-loved and most colourful phrases and shows the huge range of sources from which they originate. From advertising to the Ancient Greeks, from the military to meteorology, Kicking the Bucket at the Drop of a Hat takes us on a wonderful journey through our language's history. With more phrases than you can shake a stick at, this collection will bring home the bacon for any Tom, Dick or Harry with a love of language.

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About 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 co-wrote My Grammar and I (or should that be 'me'?), Answers to Rhetorical Questions, A Classical Education, An Apple a Day and Pushing the Envelope. She has appeared frequently on television and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and Pythagoras's theorem. 500 Words You Should Know and New Words for Old are her latest books for Michael O'Mara. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/03/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781782435822
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781782435822
  • ISBN10: 1782435824

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