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Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas

Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them

By Judy Parkinson

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2013
From the bestselling author of 'I before E', this light-hearted book examines some of the more unusual phrases that litter the English language. Discover how we got such phrases as 'the bee's knees', 'as keen as mustard', 'the cat got your tongue' and 'barking mad'.

About the Author

Judy Parkinson is a freelance writer who has authored numerous bestselling titles for Michael O'Mara Books, including I Before E (except after C) and Remember, Remember (the fifth of November).


If you'd like to know the origins of some of our most baffling phrases, take a look at this Daily Express Provides a wealth of fascinating facts about the meaning and origin of phrases we use every day... With every page guaranteed to entertain and inform, this is really is the bee's knees when it comes to the perfect gift! Lancashire Evening Post Reveals the origins and meanings of some of the most popular and obscure sayings we use today Daily Mirror

EAN: 9781782430117
ISBN: 1782430113
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres (0.10 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Shirley Ann Ollier on
Good investment. Funny, informative and very entertaining.
Danielle Beck on
Bought a few of these for backup gift ideas. They have been well received. Enjoyed learning a few things too.
Lloyd Boughen on
This book is a delightful combination of the humorous and the informative. It is so much fun that there is often a tussle in our household over who has reading rights! It is a great resource for anyone who has an interest in language. It should be added to the many other similar books available through Fishpond.
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great book enjoyed by all

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