St. Clair has done it again! This second volume of all new material may actually be better than the first. Using his usual humor, he attacks the origins of a few phrases here that no one else has dared attempt, such as ‘People in hell want ice water, too,’ ’Just a stone’s throw away,’ ‘In front of God and everybody’ and ‘Run into a brick wall.’ In addition, there are more clichés which, in spite of wildly popular theories, did not likely derive from the source which you believe—phrases such as, ‘The whole nine yards,’ ‘One for the road’ and ‘The seven year itch.’ Do you think ‘honesty is the best policy’ came from the Bible? Think again. Was ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ coined by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes novels? Nope. Who then originated this popular phrase? What about the origin of ‘point blank range’? Have you heard that ‘spittin’ image’ came from spirit and image? Do you think Shakespeare coined ‘All’s well that ends well’? Nope to both. If you enjoyed On the Origin of the Clichés and Evolution of Idioms, you’ll love Volume 2. Contains many illustrations.
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