Interesting Stories about Curious Words

by Susie Dent


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    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?  *

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