Friday, January 21, 2011

Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pajamas: Popular Expressions- What They Mean and How We Got Them Review

"Strike while the iron's hot and bone up on the origins of your favorite expressions

Cat got your tongue? Well, for Pete's sake, use this collection of colorful expressions to enrich your everyday speech. This book spills the beans on our best-loved euphemisms and most curious sayings, explaining their fascinating origins and the remarkable stories that surround them. It rounds up the usual suspects -- the catch phrases, quotations, and expressions that keep our language flourishing -- and makes them easy to find in a convenient A-to-Z format.

Did you know that . . .

*The expressions all that glitters is not gold and apple of the eye have each been in use for more than a thousand years?
 *To bark up the wrong tree comes from the sport of raccoon hunting?
*Embarrassed parents can thank the songwriter Cole Porter for the euphemism the birds and the bees?"


I was very interested in this book because my Husband is 10 years older than me. He is constantly saying all of these expressions that I have never heard of. Honestly, I think he makes some up to toss in there. Now, I have a reference guide! Next time he says an old saying I can look it up and know more about it than he does.

Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pajamas has all of these sayings organized in alphabetical order (with an index at the back to browse or find a page quickly). Under each saying there is an explanation of the expressions origin. It was really interesting learning where some of these wacky phrases came from.

I was actually surprised at how many of these expressions I already knew: Easy as Pie, Basket Case, Beat Around the Bush, Heebie Jeebies, On Cloud Nine, etc. Now I know even more about quirky cliché expressions than my Husband!

This would be a fantastic coffee table book. It is definitely a conversation starter and something that your guests would enjoy browsing. A lot of these expressions have survived decades. They are not going anywhere, so you might as well learn about them.








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