Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds by MIchael Quinion
Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins

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The real story of a word or phrase’s origin and evolution is often much stranger—and much more humorous—than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you “happy as a clam.” Happy as a clam? Really, what’s so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense when it’s paired with its missing second half: “at high water.” Now a clam at high water is a safe clam, and thus a happy clam. From the bawdy to the sublime, Quinion’s explanations and delightful asides truly prove that the “proof is in the pudding.”

About MIchael Quinion

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Michael Quinion hosts and writes the World Wide Words Web site and is a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionairy.
Published October 7, 2004 by Smithsonian Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Logophile Quinion, who writes a column about new words for the Daily Telegraph, proves his knowledge of familiar phrases in this energetic look at common English words and idioms.

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