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Why do you “call shotgun” when you want the front passenger seat? What does “letting the cat out of the bag” have to do with divulging secrets? Why do you ask people to “cut to the chase”? Why do you hear all those juicy rumors “through the grapevine”?
This is a bundled compilation of my previous two best selling Why Do We Say That books!
Like many people, you’ve probably used idioms or phrases like these without giving them a second thought. But if you were to take a moment to step back and learn about them you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the mesmerizing and sometimes outright bizarre origins to these fun sayings!
In Why Do We Say That, we have curated 202 of the most regularly used idioms, proverbs, turns of phrases, and colloquial terms that have the most fascinating backstories. For each phrase, we explain how it was coined, how its use evolved through the ages, and how it gained its contemporary use.
Inside you will discover:
What the sanitary conditions of 17th century London have to do with its “raining cats and dogs” todayWhat taking things “with a grain of salt” has to do with an ancient remedy for poisonWhat Southeast Asian warrior traditions have to do with the term “to run amuck”Why some people talk a lot of “mumbo jumbo”And many, many more!
Download the audio now to unravel the mysteries behind popular English idioms.