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A Hog on Ice: & Other Curious Expressions

A Hog on Ice: & Other Curious Expressions

by Charles E. Funk


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From “mad as a wet hen” to “corn dodger” and “hobgoblin,” Charles Funk’s collections of curious words and expressions are a treasure trove of word origin.

Where did expressions like this come from anyway?

Now finally we’ll know what “letting the cat out of the bag” or “going on wild-goose chase” refers to. In this fun collection of over 400 curious expressions and sayings, Dr. Funk explains the meanings that we use in everyday speech without even thinking about it. He has traced them back through the years-in some cases centuries-in an effort to determine their sources, to find out what the original allusions were, or, at the very least, to give us his expert opinion when facts cannot be traced.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060513290
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 612,682
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Charles Earle Funk was editor in chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series. He wrote several other books on word and phrase origins, including Horsefeathers, Heavens to Betsy!, and Thereby Hangs a Tale.

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