ISBN: 9781402212871

By: Barbara Kipfer

Published: 09/30/2008

Phraseology is the ultimate collection of everything you never knew about the wonderful words and phrases found in the English language.

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The Amazing Secrets of the Phrases We Use Everyday

Phraseology is the ultimate collection of everything you never knew about the wonderful phrases found in the English language. It contains information about phrase history and etymology; unusual, lost, or uncommon phrases; how phrases are formed; and more than 7,000 facts about common English phrases.

Practical enough to be used as a reference book but so fun that every book lover will want to read it straight through, Phraseology contains such engrossing tidbits as:

  • ACROSS THE BOARD is an allusion to the board displaying the odds in a horse race
  • ARTESIAN WELL gets its name from Artois, where such wells were first made
  • BEST MAN originated in Scotland, where the groom kidnapped his bride with the aid of friends, including the toughest and bravest - the best man.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD is the author of many list and reference books. Barbara has an MPhil and PhD in Linguistics from University of Exeter, a PhD in Archaeology, an MA in Buddhist Studies from Greenwich University, and a BS in Physical Education from Valparaiso University. A lexicographer and part-time archaeologist, Barbara is the managing editor of Lexico LLC.



Kipfer (Instant Karma) collects trivia and fascinating facts about commonly used or currently obsolete English words and expressions. Organized alphabetically, the entries run in length between a single...

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Format: Paperback

Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 17.00 oz
Page Count: 320 pages


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