book price comparison eleanor oliphant rebus 30th anniversary
Search our site
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu Read the opening extract of the brand new Ming-Yi Wu book before its publication on 26/10/2017

Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases by Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis
  

Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases

The Real World   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £12.99

Download an extract Share this book

Sue Baker's view...

A look at the use of Idiom from different cultures, how people play with words, mask meaning and joke with language. One country’s idioms can well leave another baffled but what can they tell us of culture and origin?

Like for Like Reading

Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in other Languages, Guy Deutscher

Is that a Fish in your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation, David Bellos

Who is Sue Baker

Win a Signed Copy from Arun Gandhi

We have a highly sought after SIGNED COPY to give away of The Gift of Anger, written by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. This is a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather, beliefs that focus on co-existence and tolerance which are needed now more than ever in our world.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 31 October 2017. The winners will be notified by 9 November 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/10/2017

Synopsis

Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases by Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis

Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd. To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's secret? Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all...The ideal gift for word buffs and in fact, anyone who enjoys a good yarn, this playful book looks at 12 groups of idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind.

Reviews

'A grand tour of unexpected delights, revealing each nation's quirks and quarrels through their native expressions. 'Coming the raw prawn' and 'Doing Someone a Bear Service'
will stay with me for a long time' Lexicographer, Countdown Susie Dent

'What larks! I take my hat off to them. They've got down to the nitty-gritty and delivered the goods. Be amazed - be very amazed. And enjoy. I did.' Gyles Brandreth

About the Author

Philip Gooden is author of the acclaimed Who's Whose? and Faux Pas, has written several novels and taught English at secondary level for many years.

Peter Lewis is an experienced reference publisher.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

13th September 2012

Author

Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis

More books by Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.philipgooden.com/?page_...

Publisher

A & C Black Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

The Real World
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Language: history & general works

ISBN

9781408151440

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

At Lovereading there are fabulous books available in every genre, with great reviews to help you pick the right book for you.

Teresa O'Halloran

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools