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

Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases

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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?

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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.


'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.

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Publication date

13th September 2012


Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis

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A & C Black Publishers Ltd


256 pages


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