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Description - Loose Cannons, Red Herrings, and Other Lost Metaphors by Robert Claiborne

The English language is a treasury of splendid mysteries, among them the many words and phrases whose origins we no longer know. Often the original meaning was literal, pertaining to forgotten objects or activities-such as "aftermath," which once meant the grass that sprang up after a farmer had mowed a field. With the informal scholarship and good-humored wit that are his trademarks, Robert Claiborne reveals the wonders buried in our speech, vivid images of people and customs of the past. As the reader soon discovers, they are "a sort of hidden poetry that can heighten the colors and sharpen the meanings of words and phrases that we read or write daily."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393321869
ISBN-10: 039332186X
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Claiborne

The late Robert Claiborne was a longtime editor and writer and the author of a number of books on words and language.

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