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Here's far to English than we might have thought Luckily enough we now have Albert Jack And rather than resting on his laurels after the enormous success of Red Herrings and White Elephants he has continued his search around the world exploring the origins of hundreds phrases The fascinating stories he has uncovered come from the rich traditions of the navy army and law to confidence tricksters and highwaymen from the practices of ancient civilizations to Music Hall and pubs Determined to chase each shaggy dog story to th The phrases are common and the origins given for most of them mundane Maybe all the good phrases were in the first book Boring

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Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep

Albert Jack's Shaggy and Black PDFEPUB #196 Dogs and Black Sheep is a compulsively readable highly enlightening look at the phrases we use all the time but rarely consider The English language is crammed with colourful phrases and sayings that we Shaggy Dogs PDFEPUB or use without thinking every day It's only when we're asked who smart Alec or Holy Moly were where feeling 'in the pink' or 'once in a blue moon' come from or even what letting the cat out of Dogs and Black PDF #201 the bag really means that we realize that t I did find some inaccuracies and omissions in this book as well as considering it very British centred Nelson got a signal to his ship during the Battle of Copenhagen but said I see no signal not I see no ships as is stated in the book I don t know about Britain but here in Ireland the cat s pyjamas is well known and used not almost forgotten I ve never heard or seen pick the bones out of that but I have heard and seen I ve got a bone to pick with you While telling us that the black sheep was less popular with shepherds because the wool could not be dyed the author has not asked any shepherds about black or brown sheep These sheep get warmer than white sheep on a sunny day so they go to seek shade making them harder to see and round up as well as making it look as though they are loners or unpopular with the flock Thus the black sheep of the family The nautical element is present of course but again many omissions Three sheets to the wind Shot across the bows Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey Cannonballs This is a family friendly book Can t fathom that None of these are present So while the book is an amusing list putting many phrases and words in context it s not complete which I suppose no such book could be and warrants a double check before using as a reference This is an unbiased review

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E bitter end his discoveries are even stranger and memorable this time round From the skin of your teeth to the graveyard shift you'll never speak or even think English in the same way again Albert Jack has become something of a publishing phenomenon clocking up hundreds of thousands of sales with his series of bestselling adventures tracing the fantastic stories behind everyday phrases Red Herrings and White Elephants the world's great mysteries Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs and nursery rhymes Pop Goes the Weasel Interesting facts about the origins of common English phrases A decent bog side companion


8 thoughts on “Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep

  1. says:

    I did find some inaccuracies and omissions in this book as well as considering it very British centred Nelson got a signal to his ship during the Battle of Copenhagen but said 'I see no signal' not 'I see no ships' as is stated in the book I don't know about Britain but here in Ireland 'the cat's pyjamas' is well

  2. says:

    Loved this as much as Red HerringsI'll admit it I am one of those geeky types who likes to know random little facts about things When these facts relate to language and reading I like it even So no surprise that I loved this book I blasted t

  3. says:

    A fun little seuel to Red Herrings and White Elephants Full of interesting origins for common words and phrases Not so good on history though if you read the I books you'll spot a fair few facts that they don't agree on

  4. says:

    The phrases are common and the origins given for most of them mundane Maybe all the good phrases were in the first book Boring

  5. says:

    Books like this one make me realize how often I use certain hrases sayings idiomswithout really uestioning their origins This is a fun and int

  6. says:

    Interesting facts about the origins of common English phrases A decent bog side companion

  7. says:

    somewhat interesting but lacking a spark

  8. says:

    Origins of English phrases from a British perspective

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