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Let's Talk Turkey Rosemarie Ostler

Let's Talk Turkey par Rosemarie Ostler

Let's Talk Turkey Rosemarie Ostler


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Ever wonder what going on the wagon has to do with drinking? Why does extreme behaviour take the cake? And did Americans' pocket change ever really include wooden nickels? Many of our most intriguing expressions grew slut of once-familiar bits of American culture. This title demystifies over 150 of these colourful home-grown figures of speech.

Let's Talk Turkey Résumé

Let's Talk Turkey: The Stories Behind America's Favorite Expressions Rosemarie Ostler

Ever wonder what going on the wagon has to do with drinking? Why does extreme behavior take the cake? And did Americans' pocket change ever really include wooden nickels? Many of our most intriguing expressions grew out of once-familiar bits of American culture, the roots of which are now obscure. Respected linguist Rosemarie Ostler demystifies over 150 of these colorful homegrown figures of speech. She traces each saying from its first known appearance in print to its place in modern English, uncovering a host of cultural and historical tidbits along the way. Homegrown metaphors sprang up on American soil almost as fast as the colonists' first bean crop. Just as they learned new farming skills and adjusted to an unfamiliar diet, they shaped their language to fit their new situation. Expressions like to play possum and bury the hatchet are uniquely American - they would hardly have made sense in the old country, where possums didn't exist and where hatchets were used only for splitting firewood. Ostler explains the rich history of figures of speech that grew out of the landscape and culture of North America. Much more than a list of phrases and definitions, Let's Talk Turkey is a lively and enjoyable exploration of how Americans developed their own inimitable style of speech. Expressions are arranged by cultural categories. These include some of our most bountiful sources for metaphor - the great outdoors, business, entertainment, politics, cops and robbers, food and drink, and doing chores. The thoroughly researched entries reveal the latest etymological discoveries, along with charming and illustrative quotes. This entertaining, amusing, and very informative reference book is sure to captivate language lovers of all ages, as well as anyone fascinated with the byways and back roads of American lore.

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From 'going to the wagon' to 'bury the hatchet', this bypasses the usual dictionary format to provide a lively survey of how Americans enhanced and changed speech, arranging expressions by cultural categories to emphasize regional developments and differences. --The Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review, October 2008 ...a great book to give to any wordsmith or history buff in your life, who will certainly appreciate its well-researched charms. -- The Bloomsbury Review, January/February 2009

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GOR003654242
9781591026259
1591026253
Let's Talk Turkey: The Stories Behind America's Favorite Expressions Rosemarie Ostler
Occasion - Très bon état
Broché
Prometheus Books
20080601
252
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