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Who Said That First? The Curious Origins of Common Words and Phrases by Max Cryer
  

Who Said That First? The Curious Origins of Common Words and Phrases

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This witty and accessible compendium reveals the obscure origins of over 500 common phrases, dispelling myths and offering plenty of fascinating facts to delight the trivia-holic in all of us.

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Who Said That First? The Curious Origins of Common Words and Phrases by Max Cryer

Who first wrote 'absence makes the heart grow fonder', 'accidentally on purpose' or 'no pain, no gain?' Did you know that there is no evidence Queen Victoria said 'We are not amused' or Marie Antoinette proclaimed 'Let them eat cake', but 'iron curtain' was in use for 40 years before Winston Churchill said it, and we have P.G. Wodehouse to thank for 'straight from the horse's mouth'?

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Max Cryer is an established authority on the English language, whose books have been sold around the world. He hosts a weekly radio slot on quirks of the English language.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Max Cryer

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Hardback

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ISBN

9781849531917

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