Where is the last chance saloon? Who was Gordon Bennett? Why isn't red tape black? Why do we have a hunch, get the cold shoulder or laugh like a drain? Why do we say skinflint, dressed up to the nines and out of the blue - and, of course, shaggy dog stories and black sheep?
We use these phrases every day and yet have little or no idea where many of them come from. Here, Albert Jack, author of the bestselling 'Red Herrings And White Elephants', takes us on another rollercoaster ride through the fascinating origins of hundreds of our favourite expressions (and comes up trumps).
- Publication Date:
- 27 / 11 / 2006
- 129 x 198mm