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Interesting Stories about Curious Words

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399811675

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 28th September 2023

Genre: Language / Linguistics

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Join Susie Dent, lexicographer extraordinaire and Queen of Countdown‘s Dictionary Corner, on a curious and exceedingly interesting adventure through all the very best RED HERRINGS, COCK AND BULL STORIES and NINE-DAY WONDERS in the English language.


What’s the dramatic true story behind STEALING THUNDER?

Why is it CHANCING YOUR ARM when you take a risk?

What do bears have to do with LICKING INTO SHAPE?

Or robbers with PULLING SOMEONE’S LEG?


And, what’s so bad about a WHITE ELEPHANT?

‘Nobody on earth knows more about the English language than Susie Dent’ Gyles Brandreth


Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words and language
Pam Ayres
Susie Dent is a national treasure
Richard Osman
With this book, readers won't be lost for words: we'll be happily lost within them
Irish Sunday Business Post