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What made the crocodile cry? : 101 questions about the English language / Susie Dent.

Author/Creator:
Dent, Susie.
Publication:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Subjects:
English language -- Miscellanea.
English language.
Form/Genre:
Trivia and miscellanea.
Miscellanea.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Summary:
"Why do good things cut the mustard? Who or what was the real Real McCoy? And why do we call false sentiment crocodile tears? Can crocodiles really cry? In What Made the Crocodile Cry, Susie Dent draws on her popular television segment on the curiosities of English to tackle these and many other fascinating puzzles."--Publisher description.
Contents:
Curious English : the whens, the whys, and the wherefores
Men, women, and a few things in-between
Linguistic prototypes : how it all began
Words on show
The birds and the bees
Questions of English
Riddles and fiddles
Urban myths and folk origins
Expletive deleted
I'm a celebrity (get me in the dictionary).
Notes:
Includes index.
ISBN:
9780199574155
0199574154
OCLC:
368048392
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