In a Manner of Speaking

Discover the many twists and turns through history that led to the language, accents and turns of phrase which make up modern English

Author: Charlie Haylock

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445663838

Category: History

Page: 256

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Discover the many twists and turns through history that led to the language, accents and turns of phrase which make up modern English

In a Manner of Speaking

What do “the whole kit and caboodle,” “the whole shebang,” “the whole megillah,” “the whole enchilada,” “the whole nine yards,” “the whole box and dice,” and “the full Monty” have in common?

Author: Colin McNairn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781632208989

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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What do “the whole kit and caboodle,” “the whole shebang,” “the whole megillah,” “the whole enchilada,” “the whole nine yards,” “the whole box and dice,” and “the full Monty” have in common? They’re all expressions that mean “the entire quantity,” and they’re all examples of the breadth and depth of the English-speaking world’s vocabulary. From the multitude of words and phrases in daily use, the author of this delightful exploration into what we say and why we say it zeroes in on those expressions and sayings and their variations that are funny, quirky, just plain folksy, or playfully dressed up in rhyme or alliteration. Some may have become clichés that, as it’s said with “tongue in cheek,” should be “avoided like the plague.” Others have been distorted, deemed politically incorrect, or shrouded in mystery and must bear some explanation. Among the topics the author delves into are expressions that shouldn’t be taken literally (“dressed to kill” and “kick the bucket”), foreign expressions that crept into English (“carte blanche,” “carpe diem,” and “que sera, sera”), phrases borrowed from print ads and TV commercials (“where there’s life, there’s Bud” and “where the rubber meets the road”), animal images (“a barrel of monkeys” and “chasing your tail”), and food and drink (“cast your bread upon the water,” “chew the fat,” “bottom’s up!”, and “drink as a lord”). Here’s a book for everyone who delights in the mysteries of language and the perfect gift for all the “wordies” in your life.

Alan Bennett

Afterwards, the talents of Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore seemed to eclipse his, but gradually and quietly he became the most productive and creative of them all: stage plays from Forty Years On to The Madness of George III; a ...

Author: Daphne Turner

Publisher:

ISBN: 0571177484

Category: Drama

Page: 162

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Alan Bennett first became famous when 'Beyond the Fringe' was performed in Edinburgh and London in the early 1960s. Afterwards the showier talents of Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore seemed to eclipse his but gradually and quietly he became the most productive and creative of them all; stage plays from Forty Years On to The Madness of George III; a string of touching and funny television plays; the Talking Heads series; film scripts, diaries and occasional journalism, including The Lady in the Van and culminating in his runaway success Writing Home. In this first comprehensive study of Bennett's work, Daphne Turner, considers his diverse body of work in relation to the man and his background.

In a Manner of Speaking

Illustrates some of the everyday varieties of spoken language.

Author: Ian Kindt

Publisher:

ISBN: 0724213554

Category: English language

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Illustrates some of the everyday varieties of spoken language. It provides samples of real-life language which the members of an average Australian family use in the course of a day - at home, at school, at work and at play. Part A is a brief narrative version of the events of the family's day. Part B comprises 11 brief 'scenes' from the family's day, each of which focuses on a small number of social and linguistic points.