Watch Your Tongue by Mark Abley (76)

This is an interesting and unique book about our everyday sayings and idioms. I just loved this book, and I learned so much about our English language as well.

Do you often feel that our speech is all smoke and mirrors, or that our expressions make no sense or very little? Finally, we have answers to all these mysteries and more.

This book explores the phrases, idioms, and clichés in everyday language. With wit and wisdom, Abley unravels the origins of these sayings, illuminating their inspiration and the stories behind them.

Abley touches on everything from Shakespeare’s plays to sports team names, ancient Rome to Twitter, Abley delves into the eccentric ways that we play with language.

Why do so many companies use fruit for their brand names? What exactly do politicians mean when they say they’re going to “drain the swamp”? And why do we use chickens to signify cowardice? Abley dives into the history and psychology behind these conundrums and countless others, unpacking their significance and often sheer absurdity to show how our language developed, where it is headed and what it teaches us about ourselves.

I loved this book, and will be buying it for a few of my friends as Christmas gifts. It will definitely be something people will talk about once they read it.


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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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