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Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases

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May 5, 2017 - 3:22:38 PM

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( - Ever wonder if crows really do fly straight or why we knock on wood? Find out as author Andrew Thompson unravels 400 idiomatic mysteries in his latest volume, Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: Th e Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases. Th e English language is seasoned with all sorts of peculiar phrases with origins that range from silly to sexy to sordid, and their stories contain a few surprises for even the most dexterous speakers. Find out the origin of common phrases like:

Read between the Lines Cat Got Your Tongue? Put a Sock in It Close, but no Cigar Bring Home the Bacon Caught Red-Handed Under the Weather Raining Cats and Dogs

Th is breezy compendium is perfect for linguistic afi cionados, trivia champs, and those who just want to brush up for their next cocktail party. * * *

$12.95, Trade Paper April 2017 from Ulysses Press ISBN: 978-1-61243-668-5 272pp, 5 x 8

ABOUT THE AUTHOR ANDREW THOMPSON divides his time between Australia and England. A lawyer by trade, his obsession with fi nding out the truth about aspects of the world that we take for granted has led him to accumulate a vast body of knowledge, which he has distilled into book form. He is the author oftwo Ulysses Press bestsellers, What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper? and Can Holding in a Fart Kill You? See all of Andrew’s books at


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