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By Charles Earle Funk, Tom Funk

ISBN-10: 0883658453

ISBN-13: 9780883658451

Why do humans "take forty winks" and never 50...or 60, or 70? Did somebody actually "let the cat out of the bag" at one cut-off date? Has somebody really "gone on a wild goose chase"? discover the solutions to those questions and lots of extra during this huge, immense assortment, made from 4 bestselling titles: A Hog on Ice, Thereby Hangs a story, Heavens to Betsy! and Horsefeathers and different Curious phrases. Dr. Funk, editor-in-chief of the Funk & Wagnalls normal Dictionary sequence, finds the occasionally mind-blowing, frequently a laugh, and continually attention-grabbing roots of greater than 2,000 vernacular phrases and expressions. From "kangaroo courtroom" to "one-horse town", from "face the tune" to "hocus-pocus," it is an exciting linguistic trip.

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Or possibly the original sense of the expression was the same as we now indicate by "duplicate," as in duplicate bridge, that after a series of hands of cards had been played, the table was 44 turned and the same series of hands was replayed, each player hold­ ing the hand previously held by an opponent. Brewer has an interesting theory that the expression is derived from an ancient Roman masculine fad of purchasing costly tables. After such a purchase, the matron of the house, chided for a purchase of her own, was alleged to "turn the tables" by reminding her spouse of his extravagance.

Popular speech took up the phrase, but the popular ear did not hear it quite correctly; so favel became favor several hundred years ago, and gave us an expression, "to curry favor," that had no literal meaning, but which was used then, as now, to mean to flatter subtly in order to gain some end. In French, many years ago, they made a verb of "Fauvel" -faufiler -which has the meaning of our entire phrase. " Beatrice uses the same expression in Much Ado about Nothing. " But why spinsters were ever consigned to such an ignoble fate after death, and what was the source or the age of the proverb, were probably unknown even in Shakespeare's days.

Logan Glendenning, in 1944, " The Case of the Missing Patriarchs, to a symposium, Profile by Gaslight, which purported to be "the private life of Sherlock Holmes," and which contained fancied episodes about the great detective written by a number of his admirers. Dr. Glendenning recounted an adventure of Holmes after he had died: Consternation reigned in Heaven because Adam and Eve had been missing for several eons. Holmes, whose astuteness was known in Heaven, was assigned to the search. He alone knew all others from Adam and could speedily pick out the missing pair, for he alone of all the myriads who preceded him through the pearly gates knew that they would be the only two without navels.

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