Interesting Stories about Curious Words : From Stealing Thunder to Red Herrings


Susie Dent


Join Susie Dent, lexicographer extraordinaire and Queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner, on a curious and exceedingly interesting adventure through all the very best RED HERRINGS, COCK AND BULL STORIES and NINE-DAY WONDERS in the English language. Who was SWEET FANNY ADAMS?What’s the dramatic true story behind STEALING THUNDER?Why is it CHANCING YOUR ARM when you take a risk?What do bears have to do with LICKING INTO SHAPE?Or robbers with PULLING SOMEONE’S LEG?Why are CIRCLES VICIOUS?And, what’s so bad about a WHITE ELEPHANT? ‘Nobody on earth knows more about the English language than Susie Dent’ Gyles Brandreth


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