Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Everyd

Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Everyd

Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from?

From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone unturned, the English language is peppered with hundreds of common idioms borrowed from ancient traditions and civilizations throughout the world. In Red Herrings and White Elephants, Albert Jack has uncovered the amazing and sometimes downright bizarre stories… (more)

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Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Parent ISBN: 9780060843373

File size: 870 KB

Language: English


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