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Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep

Ht Luckily enough we now have Albert Jack And rather than resting on his laurels after the enormous success of Red Herrings and White Elephants he has continued his search around the world exploring the origins of hundreds phrases The fascinating stories he has uncovered come from the rich traditions of the navy army and law to confidence tricksters and highwaymen from the practices of ancient civilizations to Music Hall and pubs Determined to chase each shaggy dog story to the bitter end his disco. The phrases are common and the origins given for most of them mundane Maybe all the good phrases were in the first book Boring

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Veries are even stranger and memorable this time round From the skin of your teeth to the graveyard shift you'll never speak or even think English in the same way again Albert Jack has become something of a publishing phenomenon clocking up hundreds of thousands of sales with his series of bestselling adventures tracing the fantastic stories behind everyday phrases Red Herrings and White Elephants the world's great mysteries Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs and nursery rhymes Pop Goes the Wease. Books like this one make me realize how often I use certain hrases sayings idiomswithout really uestioning their origins This is a fun and interesting books that I dipped into during breaks at work The illustrations are amusing as well

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Albert Jack's Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep is a compulsively readable highly enlightening look at the phrases we use all the time but rarely consider The English language is crammed with colourful phrases and sayings that we use without thinking every day It's only when we're asked who smart Alec or Holy Moly were where feeling 'in the pink' or 'once in a blue moon' come from or even what letting the cat out of the bag really means that we realize that there's far to English than we might have thoug. Loved this as much as Red HerringsI ll admit it I am one of those geeky types who likes to know random little facts about things When these facts relate to language and reading I like it even So no surprise that I loved this book I blasted through really uickly as it s so easy to pick up and read snippets around other books It now sits in the pile beside my bed for when I can t be bothered to read something involved If you like understanding word and language origins in a lightly comic easy to read style then this book is for you


About the Author: Albert Jack

Albert Jack pen name for Graham Willmott is an international best selling author and historian He is an expert in explaining the unexplained and has appeared on live television shows and has made thousands of radio appearances worldwide



8 thoughts on “Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep

  1. says:

    I did find some inaccuracies and omissions in this book as well as considering it very British centred Nelson got a signal to his ship during the Battle of Copenhagen but said 'I see no signal' not 'I see no ships' as is stated in the book I don't know about Britain but here in Ireland 'the cat's pyjamas' is well known and used not almost for

  2. says:

    Loved this as much as Red HerringsI'll admit it I am one of those geeky types who likes to know random little facts about things When these facts relate to language and reading I like it even So no surprise that I loved this

  3. says:

    A fun little seuel to Red Herrings and White Elephants Full of interesting origins for common words and phrases Not so good on history though if you read the I books you'll spot a fair few facts that they don't agree on

  4. says:

    The phrases are common and the origins given for most of them mundane Maybe all the good phrases were in the first book Boring

  5. says:

    Books like this one make me realize how often I use certain hrases sayings idiomswithout really uestioning their origins This is a fu

  6. says:

    Interesting facts about the origins of common English phrases A decent bog side companion

  7. says:

    somewhat interesting but lacking a spark

  8. says:

    Origins of English phrases from a British perspective

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