Where is the last chance saloon ? Who were Gordon Bennett and Smart Aleck ? Why do we have a hunch, get the cold shoulder, laugh like a drain or get dressed up to the nines ? We use these phrases every day and yet have little or no idea where most of them come from. Here Albert Jack grasps the nettle and takes us on fascinating journey through the curious (and often bizarre) origins of hundreds of our favourite words and expressions.
Determined to chase each shaggy dog story to the bitter end, his discoveries are enlightening, entertaining and really come up trumps. So, don't dilly dally but use your loaf and give this book your seal of approval. It's the bee's knees !