Common Phrases: And the Amazing Stories Behind Them

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This book is "as good as gold" for word buffs..."I kid you not!" In day-to-day speech we use words and phrases without a passing thought as to why we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showing how fascinating the English language really is.

Did you know that the former host of Today, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the term "bad hair day," or that a CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the name and use of "canned laughter" for television, or that "cold turkey" as a term for quitting something immediately was popularized by the novel and movie (starring Frank Sinatra), The Man with the Golden Arm? Here you'll learn the origins of "credibility gap," "my lips are sealed," "the opera's not over until the fat lady sings," "supermarket," "supermodel," "there's no accounting for taste," "thick as thieves," and hundreds more.

For anyone who loves language, this new book will "take the cake."

Max Cryer

Max Cryer is a writer and entertainer. He has performed in London, Las Vegas, and Hollywood and is also the author of Love Me Tender, a book about the world's favorite love songs. He lives in New Zealand.

"This is a work which will interest many readers, both those who wish to look up a specific phrase and those who just want to dip into it to see what they come up with ... a worthwhile book to either browse through or use as a reference work. The explanations of the origins of the phrases are as detailed as required, and this is a work of research as much as it is one of fun."
--The Australian Library Journal