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- Description<b>The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller <i>Red Herrings and White Elephants</i></b> Why do people put their skeletons in a closet, have a hunch, get the cold shoulder, get dressed up to the nines, or call a spade a spade? These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or idea where most of them come from. In <i>Black Sheep and Lame Ducks</i>, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and often bizarre-origins of hundreds of their favorite idioms and expressions. For example, wearing your heart on your sleeve comes from the Middle Ages, when a lady would give her heart in the form of a handkerchief pinned to the sleeve of a knight who was about to go into battle. And calling someone the black sheep in the family refers to a thousands- year-old belief that a black lamb in a flock was unpopular because its fleece was undyeable and therefore less valuable. With <i>Black Sheep and Lame Ducks</i>, any language-lover can feel like a Smart Aleck -and also kw exactly who that was.
- Author BiographyAlbert Jack s <i>Red Herrings and White Elephants</i> was a huge international hit and was on the bestsellers list for sixteen months. His second, <i>Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep</i> was another success: selling over 70,000 copies. He is also the author of <i>That's Bollocks!</i> (all the strangest, sickest, funniest and most unforgettable urban legends as told in Jack's inimitable style) and <i>Albert Jack's Ten-Minute Mysteries</i>.
- Author(s)Albert Jack
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectTrivia & Quiz Books
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPenguin Putnam Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight200 g
- Width114 mm
- Height206 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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