Red Herrings & White Elephants - The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN: 1782192743

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

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Have you ever wondered what phrases such as 'square meal', 'load of old codswallop', 'egg on your face' or 'in the limelight' mean? Where do they come from? Have you ever taken a moment to wonder what we say actually means? The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language. In a book that takes you all over the world, from nautical origins to food and drink terms, once you have learnt one phrase, you will be eager to learn them all! From the drop of a hat to the bitter end - you'll be surprised and intrigued and you'll never speak English in the same way again.

Red Herrings and White Elephants

Author: Fatıj Derim

Publisher: VELLIM .BOOK

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from? From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone unturned, the English language is peppered with hundreds of common idioms borrowed from ancient traditions and civilizations throughout the world. In Red Herrings and White Elephants, Albert Jack has uncovered the amazing and sometimes downright bizarre stories behind many of our most familiar and eccentric modes of expression: If you happen to be a bootlegger, your profession recalls the Wild West outlaws who sold illegal alcohol by concealing slender bottles of whiskey in their boots. If you're on cloud nine, you owe a nod to the American Weather Bureau's classification of clouds, the ninth topping out all others at a mountainous 40,000 feet. If you opt for the hair of the dog the morning after, you're following...

Red Herrings and White Elephants

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Ireland Books

ISBN: N.A

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Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from? From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone unturned, the English language is peppered with hundreds of common idioms borrowed from ancient traditions and civilizations throughout the world. In Red Herrings and White Elephants, Albert Jack has uncovered the amazing and sometimes downright bizarre stories behind many of our most familiar and eccentric modes of expression: If you happen to be a bootlegger, your profession recalls the Wild West outlaws who sold illegal alcohol by concealing slender bottles of whiskey in their boots. If you're on cloud nine, you owe a nod to the American Weather Bureau's classification of clouds, the ninth topping out all others at a mountainous 40,000 feet. If you opt for the hair of the dog the morning after, you're following...

True Stories of Strange Events and Odd People

Author: Lawrence S. Bartell

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491720212

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 274

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Lawrence Bartell experienced many strange events over the course of his long life, at least partly because he deliberately strayed far from the beaten path in science. While it might not have been the most efficient way to gain a reputation in his field, it was more fun. In his memoir, he presents a collection of entertaining, sometimes bizarre stories collected over a lifetime. Bartell chronicles a wide variety of experiences, such as his predisposition to indulge in childhood pranks, his arrest as a possible Russian spy, his work on the Manhattan Project, his entry into the Guinness Book of Records, his stint in the US Navy during wartime, and his appointment as visiting professor in Moscow during the height of the Cold War. As he recalls the curious and often bizarre true stories he acquired over a lifetime, it soon becomes evident that scientists are just as human as anyone else and that beer really can play an important role in preparing one for a PhD thesis. True Stories of Strange Events and Odd People shares details from a scientist's one-of-a-kind journey through life as he observes the world around him, tests his theories, and learns valuable life lessons.

Children's Nursery Rhymes

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Albert Jack Publishing via PublishDrive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 125

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From the Author of the Internationally Bestselling Red Herrings & White Elephants, Pop Goes the Weasel, What Caesar did for My Salad, Shaggy Dogs, They Laughed at Galileo: The historical significance of children’s rhymes is often lost on most adults, let alone the children who learn them by heart almost as soon as they learn to say anything at all. For all of us, the first things we are taught, after learning how to talk, are nursery rhymes. Hence by the time we are adults, we will know the words to hundreds of them without ever being aware of their meaning or real importance. And they are important, in my view, because many of them tell the true tale of some of history’s darkest or most tragic events. Knowing the origins of a rhyme will help to preserve that piece of history, or the layers of history that accrue around a centuries-old rhyme. It also provides a fascinating insight into how news of historical events was transmitted around the land long before the days of instant communication by telephone, radio, television or the internet. For example, would you expect Humpty Dumpty to be the name of one of King Charles I’s cannons located on top of a church tower at the Siege of Colchester in 1648 during the English Civil War? Operated by One-Eyed Thompson, a Royalist gunner, it successfully kept Cromwell’s forces at bay until the Parliamentarians managed to blow it off the tower, allowing them to take over the town. An important battle was lost (or won, depending on your viewpoint) and a turning point in history then marked by a rhyme, soon repeated in every village and every hamlet as news of Cromwell’s victory spread throughout the land. Or would you imagine for a moment that the three blind mice could be the Oxford Martyrs Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer, all burned at the stake for their faith, by the Farmer’s Wife, Mary I? Or what about my personal favourite – the story of the steward to the Dean of Glastonbury, Thomas Horner, who was sent to see Henry VIII with a bowl full of property deeds disguised as a pie in an attempt to bribe the king? On the way to London, Horner, it is said, reached into the pie and a stole a plum piece of real estate for himself at Mells Manor. So sit back and enjoy our morbid history, as told, for generations, to our children.

Albert Jack's Ten Minute Mysteries

World Famous Mysteries Solved

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Albert Jack Publishing via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1386317780

Category: Fiction

Page: 276

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Albert Jack now turns his attention to the mysteries that have haunted us throughout history. "Albert Jack's Ten Minute Mysteries" cleverly combines his research with riveting stories and hilarious observations. All life's most perplexing questions answered: UFOs, Crop Circles and Alien invasions Where is the Mona Lisa? (clue: it's not in the Louvre) Is the Loch Ness Monster really a circus elephant? Will the real Paul McCartney please stand up? What happened to the Mary Celeste? Who killed Marilyn Monroe? What was Agatha Christie's own mystery? Who was Jack the Ripper? And many, many more... With enough entertaining information to fuel hundreds of pub conversations, fascinating illustrations and all kinds of discoveries to surprise even the most expert conspiracy theorist, "Albert Jack's Ten Minute Mysteries" is the perfect present for anybody who's ever wondered why... Albert Jack has become something of a publishing phenomenon, clocking up hundreds of thousands of sales with his series of best selling adventures tracing the fantastic stories behind everyday phrases (Red Herrings and White Elephants), pub history (The Old Dog and Duck), food history (What Caesar did for My Salad) invention (They Laughed at Galileo) and nursery rhymes (Pop Goes the Weasel).

How To Get Out of Debt

A Life of DEBT FREEDOM

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Albert Jack Publishing via PublishDrive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 125

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How to Get Out of Debt is an important book covering all of the information you need to rid yourself of worrying debt, either business or personal, in only an hour and a half’s read. There are no long and boring legal sections just short, sharp impact information that will begin to lead you away from the misery of debt from the first few pages. How to Get Out of Debt is aimed at individuals and small traders in particular and is solely geared to remove the worry from a personal debt burden. There are standard letters that can be copied and sent to creditors and solid advice about dealing with credit card and loan companies, bailiffs, landlords, banks and mortgage lenders along with the queue of people who are applying pressure, legally or otherwise, for you to part with money you no longer have available. How to Get Out of Debt includes sections on: • Taking immediate action and how to contact your creditors today. All of them. • Pooling income and limiting outgoings. Winning a losing court case. • Having debts written off completely. • Reducing individual debts legally. • Prevent harassment. • Prioritise good debts and eliminate stressful debts. • Security and sleeping well at night. • Nothing to fear anymore. ‘For less than the price of a Coffee you can be free from the worry of debt in just one and a half hours time.’

Im Spiegel der Sprache

warum die Welt in anderen Sprachen anders aussieht

Author: Guy Deutscher

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406606892

Category: Comparative linguistics

Page: 320

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"Ich spreche Spanisch zu Gott, Italienisch zu den Frauen, Französisch zu den Männern und Deutsch zu meinem Pferd.' Die scherzhafte Vermutung Karls V., dass verschiedene Sprachen nicht in allen Situationen gleich gut zu gebrauchen sind, findet wohl auch heute noch breite Zustimmung. Doch ist sie aus sprachwissenschaftlicher Sicht haltbar? Sind alle Sprachen gleich komplex, oder ist Sprache ein Spiegel ihrer kulturellen Umgebung - sprechen 'primitive' Völker 'primitive' Sprachen? Und inwieweit sieht die Welt, wenn sie 'durch die Brille' einer anderen Sprache gesehen wird, anders aus? Das neue Buch des renommierten Linguisten Guy Deutscher ist eine sagenhafte Tour durch Länder, Zeiten und Sprachen. Auf seiner Reise zu den aktuellsten Ergebnissen der Sprachforschung geht Guy Deutscher mit Captain Cook auf Känguruh-Jagd, prüft mit William Gladstone die vermeintliche Farbblindheit der Griechen zur Zeit Homers und verfolgt Rudolf Virchow in Carl Hagenbecks Zoo auf dem Kurfürstendamm im Berlin des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mitreisende werden nicht nur mit einer glänzend unterhaltsamen Übersicht der Sprachforschung, mit humorvollen Highlights, unerwarteten Wendungen und klugen Antworten belohnt. Sie vermeiden auch einen Kardinalfehler, dem Philologen, Anthropologen und - wer hätte das gedacht - auch Naturwissenschaftler allzu lange aufgesessen sind: die Macht der Kultur zu unterschätzen." -- Publisher's website.

Black Sheep and Lame Ducks

Origins of Idioms and Phrases

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Albert Jack Publishing via PublishDrive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 236

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The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "call a spade a spade?" These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or no idea where most of them come from. In Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and often bizarre-origins of hundreds of their favorite idioms and expressions. For example, "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from the Middle Ages, when a lady would "give her heart" in the form of a handkerchief pinned to the sleeve of a knight who was about to go into battle. And calling someone the "black sheep in the family" refers to a thousands- year-old belief that a black lamb in a flock was unpopular because its fleece was undyeable and therefore less valuable. With Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, any language-lover can feel like a "Smart Aleck"-and also know exactly who that was. Albert Jack has become something of a publishing phenomenon, clocking up millions of sales with his series of bestselling adventures tracing the fantastic stories behind everyday phrases (Red Herrings and White Elephants), the world's great mysteries (Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs), food history (What Caesar did for My Salad, pub names (The Old Dog and Duck) and nursery rhymes (Pop Goes the Weasel).

Blue Moons and Black Markets

The Origins Of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Albert Jack Publishing via PublishDrive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Humor

Page: 236

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From the internationally best selling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants, Pop Goes the Weasel and What Caesar Did for my Salad. Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "call a spade a spade?" These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or no idea where most of them come from. In Blue Moons and Black Markets, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and often bizarre-origins of hundreds of their favorite idioms and expressions. For example, "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from the Middle Ages, when a lady would "give her heart" in the form of a handkerchief pinned to the sleeve of a knight who was about to go into battle. And calling someone the "black sheep in the family" refers to a thousands- year-old belief that a black lamb in a flock was unpopular because its fleece was undyeable and therefore less valuable. With Blue Moons and Black Markets, any language-lover can feel like a "Smart Aleck" - and also know exactly who that was.

Den Mond aus den Angeln heben

Author: Gregory Hughes

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646922109

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Bobs Schwester, die Ratte, ist das tollste Mädchen in ganz Kanada. Wenn sie den Fußball durch den Präriegarten dribbelt, ist sie so glücklich wie sonst niemand. Wenn sie aristokratisch spricht, klingt sie wie der größte Snob bei der BBC. Und wenn sie etwas voraussagt, dann tritt es auf jeden Fall ein. Nur wenn der Rapper Iceman im Fernsehen kommt, ist die Contenance der Ratte futsch. Dann biept sie, was das Zeug hält. Denn geflucht wird nicht. Doch von einem Tag auf den anderen müssen Bob und die Ratte ihr Zuhause verlassen - die Frank-Sinatra-Songs zum Aufstehen, ihr Boot am Fluss, Bobs angebetete Lehrerin Miss Gabriela Felipe Méndez, ihren Freund Harold. Und die beiden Waisenkinder aus der Prärie machen sich auf einen verwegenen Roadtrip - quer durch Kanada und bis nach New York.

Cottoncrest

Kriminalroman

Author: Michael H. Rubin

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518745042

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Cottoncrest, ein prächtiger Herrensitz in Louisiana, scheint mit einem Fluch beladen, seit sich der Gründer, Colonel Judge Augustine Chastaine, nach dem Bürgerkrieg umgebracht hat. Als Jahre später auch sein Sohn und dessen Frau ermordet aufgefunden werden, gerät der fahrende Händler Jake Gold ins Visier der Ermittlungen. Der ist vor den antisemitischen Pogromen des zaristischen Russlands geflohen, ein Überlebensspezialist. Um der Hatz des Sheriffs und einer rassistischen Bürgerwehr zu entkommen, muss er sich mit der anderen unterdrückten und geächteten Gruppe von Menschen zusammentun, mit den Schwarzen der Gegend. Jake Gold muss den Mörder entlarven, aber hat die Wahrheit überhaupt eine Chance? »Ein fesselnder Thriller, der universale Themen behandelt.« The New York Times Review of Books

Pop Goes the Weasel

The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141030984

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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'Most of us can still recite the words to nursery rhymes we learned as children, but how many know the real meanings behind our most familiar verses? Albert Jack reveals hidden histories of cannons, courtesans and vengeful queens' GUARDIAN What does Little Bo Peep have to do with smuggling? Who were the Three Blind Mice? If Ring a Ring a Roses' isn't about the plague, then what is it really about? Pop Goes the Weasel explores the strange and fascinating histories behind the nursery rhymes we thought we knew, showing that their real meanings are often far from innocent. From the grim true story behind Oranges and Lemons to the deadly secrets of Mary Quite Contrary's garden, and from how Lucy Locket lost more than her pocket to why Humpty Dumpty wasn't egg-shaped at all, your childhood songs will never sound the same again. 'The history behind nursery rhymes is not only highly specific but often splendidly grim. This book is a reminder of the riches below the surface of the playground rhyme: characters, jokes, events and stories, perfectly preserved' THE TIMES

Phantom Hitchhikers and Other Urban Legends

The Strange Stories Behind Tall Tales

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101619341

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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Have you heard the one about… • Walt Disney’s frozen body? • Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus? • Alligators living in New York City sewers? We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives’ tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFK’s brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, you’ll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.

Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep

The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141912227

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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The English language is crammed with colourful phrases and sayings that we use without thinking every day. It's only when we're asked who smart Alec or Holy Moly were, where feeling in the pink or once in a blue moon come from, or even what letting the cat out of the bag really means that we realize that there's far more to English than we might have thought. Luckily enough, we now have Albert Jack. And rather than resting on his laurels after the enormous success of Red Herrings and White Elephants, he has continued his search around the world, exploring the origins of hundreds more phrases. The fascinating stories he has uncovered come from the rich traditions of the navy, army and law to confidence tricksters and highwaymen, from the practices of ancient civilizations to Music Hall and pubs. Determined to chase each shaggy dog story to the bitter end, his discoveries are even stranger and more memorable this time round. Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep is a compulsively readable, highly enlightening look at the phrases we use all the time but rarely consider. From the skin of your teeth to the graveyard shift - you'll never speak (or even think) English in the same way again.

Phantom Hitchhikers and Decoy Ducks

The strange stories behind the urban legends we can't stop telling each other

Author: Albert Jack

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141903473

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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'Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Was Sir Winston Churchill really a Druid? Did Charlie Chaplin lose a lookalike competition? Did The Who's drummer Keith Moon drive his Rolls Royce into a swimming pool? The man with the answers is Albert Jack...' - Daily Express From Walt Disney's frozen head to the kidnap of JFK's brain, Albert Jack gathers together all the strangest, sickest, funniest and most unforgettable urban legends and recounts them with his usual deadpan humour. But this is more than just a collection of urban legends, it is also a detective story. Exploring the real events behind conspiracy theories, the exaggerations of history and the assumptions of old wives’ tales, Albert Jack shows us that the truth can definitely be stranger than fiction...

Das fehlende Glied in der Kette

Ein Fall für Poirot

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455170552

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Wer hat die wohlhabende Mrs Emily Inglethorp auf ihrem Landgut Syles Court vergiftet? Ihr Ehemann Alfred, der es scheinbar auf das Erbe abgesehen hat? Doch auch ihre Stiefsöhne oder die launische Haushälterin könnten die Mörder sein. In seinem ersten Fall nimmt Hercule Poirot alle Bewohner von Styles unter die Lupe, um den Täter zu entlarven.

Miles & Niles - Hirnzellen im Hinterhalt

Author: Jory John,Mac Barnett

Publisher: cbt Verlag

ISBN: 3641158214

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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Zwei wie Pest und Cholera Wenn es etwas gibt, das Miles Murphy perfekt beherrscht, dann ist es Streiche spielen. Unfug treiben. Leute austricksen. Keine Frage: Er ist der beste Trickser, den seine alte Schule je gesehen hat. Als Miles gezwungen wird, in das langweilige Kuh-Kaff Yawnee Valley zu ziehen, geht er deshalb davon aus, dass er auch an seiner neuen Schule der beste Trickser sein wird. Es gibt nur ein Problem: Die Schule hat schon einen Trickser. Und der ist gut – unglaublich gut! Miles ist entsetzt zu sehen, dass sein Konkurrent einem Phantom gleicht: Niemand kennt ihn, nie fliegen seine Streiche auf! Als Miles entdeckt, dass ausgerechnet Lehrerliebling Niles hinter den Geniestreichen steckt, entspinnt sich der größte Trickser-Wettstreit, den Yawnee Valley je gesehen hat.

March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles

Author: Harry Oliver

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 9781843581529

Category: Humor

Page: 258

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From the publishers of the Number 1 bestseller Red Herrings and Whitelephants Why is a March hare mad? Why do we sometimes call ourselves aonkey's uncle? Why do cricketers who don't score anything get out for a duck?ho was Gordon Bennett? Whilst we might choose our words carefully, wearely think about the origins behind the many phrases, place names andxpressions we use everyday. Yet, behind these words lies a fascinating story,teeped in the weird and wonderful history and traditions of everyday life.rom names of streets and public houses, to the names of countries, seas andceans, this book answers the questions you've always had about the languagee all use. So if it's all Greek to you and seems like hocus pocus, forete's sake don't be left on tenterhooks, have a gander at this idiosyncraticome. Make no bones about it - it's the bee's knees!