My poor neglected writerly blog! I have dusted off the cobwebs and shooed away the spiders (spiders, web, get it?….ah, nevermind 🙂 ) and am happy to report I am once again back in the writing swing. And by that, I mean, I am starting tomorrow 😉
In the meantime, I have been happily trawling the pages of a book I was recently sent. * I am under no obligation to provide a written review, other than the fact that they sent it to me for free, which, does not actually qualify anyone for a free review, as it happens to me all the time and I don’t write reviews on books I think are rubbish, even when they are sent to me for free.
There. Now that we have the technicalities out of the way, let’s talk about the book, shall we?
The book is called Curious English words and phrases and is written by Max Cryer, a New Zealander, I believe, but we won’t hold that against him 🙂
Essentially, it’s a book which contains the explanations for lots and lots of words and phrases that we use all the time and don’t really know the meaning of. And if we know the meaning, I’m willing to bet none of us know the origin.
I am finding it fascinating. There are phrases like ‘bum’s rush’ (which I have never heard but for obvious reasons, was interested in the meaning!) and the origin of the phrase ‘all’s fair in love and war’ – it dates back to 1578! and words like ‘dishy’ and the good ole Aussie word, ‘shonky’.
It is well laid out, written in easy to read language and generally fun and informative. Once you’ve read it you will be suitably armed for dinner parties, stunning your host and other guests with your newly acquired knowledge of the English language as well as making sure your presence is requested for any self respecting Trivia night. What more could you want?
The only thing I wish it had, and it doesn’t, is an index. It would be handy to be able to quickly look up a word without rifling through the whole book. It is in alphabetical order though, so maybe I’m just lazy.
Now, the first one to comment with the correct meaning and origin of the word ‘codswallop’ wins a prize! Well, when I say prize, I really just mean you’ll get the kudos for being the first one… 🙂