Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them Paperback £2.50 Prime Sold by Amazon / £5.49 non-Prime
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Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them Paperback £2.50 Prime Sold by Amazon / £5.49 non-Prime

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Found 19th Jul
Looks interesting, costs very little if you have Prime and rated 4.5 stars on Amazon.

Blurb:
How on earth did 'with bells on' come to express enthusiasm? What do chips on shoulders have to do with inferiority complexes? And who is the face that launched a thousand ships? Did you know that 'the rule of thumb' refers to the use of the thumb to make measurements, as the first joint of the average adult thumb measures one inch?
Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas provides us with the meanings of these well-worn and much-loved phrases by putting these linguistic quirks in context, and explaining how and why they were first used. Absorbing, diverting and fascinating - as far as gift books go, Spilling the Beans really is the bee's knees!
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got it thanks
I thought "Rule of Thumb" meant, in the old days, you could "beat your wife" with a stick, as long as it's diameter was "no wider than your thumb"?
If you like reading on Kindle, such as via free Kindle app on your phone, this book is currently free on Kindle Unlimited. You can probably get a free trial of Kindle Unlimited if you haven't had one or if you cancelled one.
Is this a euphemism?
got it too thanks
Love books like this,great when stuck in airports ect.
Gussy_Fink_Nottle45 m ago

Love books like this,great when stuck in airports ect.


Yup. Makes waiting around much less painful. And for a bargain £2.50.
Is this the mutt's nuts of literature?
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