From the Horse's Mouth

From the Horse's Mouth

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Book - 2009 | 3rd ed. / edited by John Ayto.
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Did you know that 'flavour of the month' originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour would be specially promoted for a month at a time? And did you know that 'off the cuff' refers to the rather messy practice of writing impromptunotes on one's shirt cuff before speaking in public? These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms.The volume takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich and intriguing language that it is. This major new edition contains entries for over 6000 idioms, including 700 entirely new entries, based on Oxford's language monitoring and the ongoing third edition ofthe Oxford English Dictionary. These include a range of recently established idioms such as 'the elephant in the corner', 'go figure', 'like a rat up a drainpipe', 'sex on legs', 'step up to the plate', 'too posh to push', 'a walk in the park', 'win ugly'. This edition also features a greatlyincreased number of cross-references, making it ideal for quick reference.Many entries include additional features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. For example, did you know that 'taken aback' was adopted from nautical terminology that described a ship unable to move forward because of a strong headwind pressing its sails back against themast? Anyone interested in the colourful side of the English language will get hours of fun browsing from this fascinating and informative volume.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition: 3rd ed. / edited by John Ayto.
ISBN: 9780199543793
Branch Call Number: 423.13 F931
Characteristics: viii, 408 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ayto, John


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Jun 11, 2010

I am astonished at how many idioms we use in our daily conversations. On the other hand, I am not sure that everything listed as an idiom actually is one. This book includes British, New Zealand and Australian idioms, also.

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