Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind Over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases  -     By: Webb Garrison
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Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind Over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases

Thomas Nelson / 2010 / Paperback

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Why You Say It explores the history of these and over six hundred other common and uncommon phrases in an intriguing and entertaining way. Have you ever wondered what rhubarb and angry mobs have in common, why we call them red-letter days, or what loaded for bear actually means? With delightful insight into how our language grows and changes Why You Say It is intellectually stimulating and easy to read.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 356
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1595552995
ISBN-13: 9781595552990
Availability: Available to ship on or about 08/29/14.

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Are you more likely .. .

to take the bull by the horns or beat around the bush? Don’t let anyone call you on the carpet for failing to put your best foot forward. That would be a bitter pill to swallow. In the long run, it’s easier to just bite the bullet and get your ducks in a row. After all, nobody likes the taste of humble pie.

You’ve likely uttered at least one of these adages within the last week, but have you ever stopped to consider where such conversational staples originated? Why You Say It reveals the backstory of more than six hundred words and phrases that pepper our everyday dialogue. This catalog of our language’s most colorful expressions delivers an illuminating read for anyone curious about the evolution of words.

 

Author Bio

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book. Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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  1. Stacey
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 12, 2010
    Stacey
    Why You Say It by Webb Garrison is the compilation of sayings, words and phrases and how they came to be used as part of everyday language. The author gives a great deal of historical and traditional information into the original use or meaning of the word and then explains the word as it is currently or popularly used. When I started reading the introduction, I thought I was in for an interesting and entertaining learning experience. It started to tell the story of where the phrase "sideburns" comes from which we had just been discussing at the dinner table. Unfortunately, I found that this and many other explanations fell flat. While heavy on the historical explanation, many entries seemed to be lacking a sentence or two which actually connected the dots of why we use it now as a "saying". Additionally, I felt it could have been more lighthearted and therefore more entertaining. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Huntter
    Hastings, NE
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 2, 2010
    Huntter
    Hastings, NE
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Are you at the end of your rope, wouldnt it be nice if someone would throw you an olive branch at the eleventh hour instead of passing the buck?Why You Say It explores the history of these and over six hundred other common and uncommon phrases in an intriguing and entertaining way. Have you ever wondered what rhubarb and angry mobs have in common, why we call them red-letter days, or what loaded for bear actually means? With delightful insight into how our language grows and changes, Why You Say It is intellectually stimulating and easy to read.I really liked this book! I use a lot of these words and phrases everyday and never think twice about it. It was absolutely fascinating to find out the meanings/stories behind them. I just wish I had been able to get the other book of his that was on the website at the same time. I have been telling the different words/phrases and their meanings/stories to my mom. She has laughed and agreed with a lot of them as well. I would really encourage anyone to get this book. It has been a really fun and really interesting read for me.
  3. sean
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2010
    sean
    Have you ever wondered to yourself, "where do we get the phrase Barnstormer, or Goosebumps"? I have often on occasions thought about what exactly is a "Blue Chips" or what does it mean to "Roll with the Punches"! In his book "Why You Say It" Webb Garrison gives us the interesting, fascinating and a range of what I would consider many unknown facts about why we say what we say in certain situations. I would have to say that this book has given me something to think about when I find myself spouting off something wacky at the mouth. I found the book an easy read, however, I also did find that the book was maybe a bit too long, but there are many words and phrases in the English language which we tend to use without knowing the true reason for why they have come to be part of or in existence in the English language; so, this is only my opinion and I would recommend that you dive into this book and get some interesting knowledgeable facts about Why You Say It and have fun sharing what you have learned with you friends! Thank you for taking the time to read this review now go and buy the book!
  4. Nanny
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 17, 2010
    Nanny
    Why you say it? The Fascinating stories behind over 600 everyday words and phrases by Webb Garrison is a collection of well 600 plus common and not so common words and phrases. As well as their meanings and origins. Each chapter is a category, animals, sports, outdoors, and etc. Each category has several words each based in that category. For Example: In the chapter Fur and Feather, you can learn where the term Underdog comes from.I picked this book because I like to learn about words and the English language. I also like strange facts, and lets not forget the cute ducks on the cover. Arent they so sweet. Anyway this book is full of strange facts about phrases and words. Im forever using slang, which tends to date me, phrases Ive heard and words. Now I know where these words and phrases come from. Which is pretty cool! One term I use all the time, OK is actually a political term. I also found that people tend to use a few terms wrong. Like my mom always said I was full of beans, when I was fibbing. Come to find out it actually means, someone whos lively or full of energy. Over all I enjoyed this entertaining and educational book. Although this really isn't a book you can read right though, it's much more of a reference book. But if you like learning about words or language then this is the book for you .Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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