Today is one of those wonderful days that can be the highlight of my creative year, the launch day of my latest book. I’ve always enjoyed words and sayings, some of them archaic that seemingly make no sense to us today. The history of language and word usage is the history of us.
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth – 100 Idioms, their Meanings and Origins is a book that had its origins in a rough-draft blog post which I penned in September 2016. I thought it would make an interesting posting given that my article 102 great words that aren’t in English but should be! gets tens of thousands of reads every year.
My new book is all about Idioms and an Idiom can be described as being a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own.
Our modern English language is bursting with unusual sayings and Idioms that once had a very specific cause and meaning but centuries later, we use them every day even if we don’t exactly know why or even what they precisely mean.
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth is one such example and my new illustrated book takes a look at some of the popular Idioms that makes English the beautiful, evolving and at times downright bizarre language that it is.
The English language is incredibly rich with centuries of history behind it. This does mean though that a lot of us use phrases today but we have absolutely no idea of why? What do they mean? Where does the saying come from? The meaning and origins of 100 common idioms or phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the English language. This book takes you from the ancient world to the modern day
The meaning and origins of 100 common idioms or phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the English language. This book takes you from the ancient world to the modern day and covers almost every aspect of life, it will open your eyes to the rich and fun heritage of the English language, maybe make you think twice but definitely raise a smile. ‘The writings on the wall’ though we don’t want to ‘blow our own trumpet’ so ‘keep your shirt on’, we’ll give you the ‘full monty’, ‘Warts and all’ lowdown on 100 of the most interesting Idioms. This isn’t a ‘damp squib’ that deserves to be ‘left on the shelf.’ and that’s ‘Straight from the horse’s mouth’!
Straight From The Horse’s Mouth is available from the UK in Kindle format from Amazon here and paperback format here. American Amazon readers can squirm their way through the book in Kindle format here and in paperback format here. As well as being available through Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Nook, you can also get in on the action on your favourite Apple product in a few days. It’s published but still working through the Apple processes. When it is on iBooks then I will post an update and maybe even an Idiom or two.