Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins

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Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins

Michael Quinion

Publisher: HarperCollins PublishersFormat: Paperback

The cat's pajamas, the bee's knees, and the whole nine yards rolled into one, this true feast for word lovers skewers commonly accepted word-origin myths and etymological folktales. Writing with flair and authority, word maven and “Oxford English Dictionary” contributor Michael Quinion shows us that the real story behind a word or phrase is often much stranger than the commonly accepted one. With this book in your arsenal, you'll have the last word in every word-lover's game of one-upmanship. So if you've ever wondered why we utter such oddities as “raining cats and dogs,” "I couldn't care less,“ or ”twenty-three skidoo," this one's for you. No ballyhoo

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