Red Herrings and White Elephants By Albert Jack

PUBLISHED: 09:47 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

EVERYTHING is shipshape and Bristol fashion in this fascinating book about the origins of the everyday phrases which help colour our language. If you ve ever wondered why you re three sheets to the wind when you ve had too much to drink or you have the ha

EVERYTHING is shipshape and Bristol fashion in this fascinating book about the origins of the everyday phrases which help colour our language.

If you've ever wondered why you're three sheets to the wind when you've had too much to drink or you have the hair of the dog the next day to make you feel better, then this is the place to find out.

Clearly divided into sections including nautical, sport and Bible phrases, the book also has an index for quick reference.

Enjoyable to read cover to cover, flick through from time or look up specific phrases when you just can't figure out where they could have come from.

Thanks to Ottakar's of Stevenage. 4/5


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