Why Do We Say It?

The Stories Behind the Words, Expressions, and Cliches We Use

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Author: Chartwell Books

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 9780785835707

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

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Why Do We Say It? uncovers the roots of the English language and connects them to their intriguing origins. From idioms to cliches, this comprehensive book shows you the way around the English language The intriguing origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions are here for your perusal, handily organized in an alphabetical format. Useful for reference or just for browsing, Why Do We Say It? is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and have fun while doing it. This edition makes a wonderful gift for readers, writers, scholars, and students. Uncover the mysteries of the modern English language and share the facts and trivia with your family and friends.

Why Do We Say It?

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Castle Books

ISBN: 9781555210106

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

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How did lollypops get their name? What's long about a longshoreman? Why do we pass the buck? The answers are in this fascinating volume. The intriguing origins of hundreds of unusual words and expressions are here, organized in a handy alphabetical format. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, this book is also a great way to expand your vocabulary and enjoy doing it. The hardcover edition makes a wonderful gift for readers and writers, scholars and students. Uncover the mysteries of the modern English language and share the facts and trivia with your family and friends.

Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2

A Collection of Classics with 150 Fascinating New Items

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Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459718283

Category: Reference

Page: 504

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Once again Doug Lennox, the toastmaster of trivia, serves up a mammoth selection of some of his most cherished Q&As culled from his previous books. Also featured in this wide-ranging compendium are 150 brand-new questions answered with Doug’s inimitable flair for unearthing intriguing arcana on everything from animals and the arts to superstitions and show business. Customs, conventions, expressions, everyday words, rituals, and traditions – Doug has dug deep to deliver the goods on a vast array of perplexing subjects. Why is a warm autumn called "Indian summer"? What is the origin of "nicknames"? Why is a decorated parade vehicle called a "float"? Why is the rubber around a car wheel called a "tire"? Why are sailors known as "tars"? Why is a bad dream called a "nightmare"? Why are published periodicals called "magazines"?

Now You Know, Volume 4

The Book of Answers

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Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1770702369

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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Building on the success of his previous bestsellers, Now You Know, Now You Know More, and Now You Know Almost Everything, this fourth volume is headed straight for the bestseller list! It is Doug Lennox at his best as he masterfully dispenses the answers to quirky questions, never losing sight of the joy of discovering the "why" of ordinary things. Discover the fascinating histories behind people, places, and words: WHY DO WE SAY THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN TREATED BADLY HAS BEEN "HUNG OUT TO DRY"? Discipline on early British sailing ships was necessary but often extreme. The cat-o’-nine-tails left sailors scarred for life, but keelhauling (tying a victim with a rope and pulling him under a ship) was feared most. If the prisoner survived, he was suspended from a yardarm where he was left hanging for a predetermined period of time. WHY IS A MILITARY DINING HALL CALLED A "MESS"? The term goes back to the Middle Ages, when British sailors began calling their meagre and often grub-infested meals a "mess." It evolved into meaning the general area where the sailors gathered to eat. Later it referred to a specific area where men gathered to eat, drink, and socialize.

Now You Know — The Big Books Bundle

Now You Know Big Book of Answers / Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2

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Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459724801

Category: Reference

Page: 1000

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Presenting two books in the popular and exhaustive trivia series. They are a treasure trove of his favourite trivia culled from previous Now You Know books, answering such brain-teasers as: Why is an evil adversary called a "villain"? Why is football played on a "gridiron" and a leg injury called a "charley horse"? Why is a decorated parade vehicle called a "float"? Why is the rubber around a car wheel called a "tire"? Why are sailors known as "tars"? Why is confetti thrown at a wedding? Liven up your next gathering with the hundreds of interesting facts in these books. Includes Now You Know Big Book of Answers Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2

The Haggadah for the Generations 2014

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Author: Aryeh Silver

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1312014806

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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The Haggadah for the Generations is a project created in part by the students at Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia. The Haggadah is designed to help enhance your Seder, making it more engaging and meaningful to all present. In this Haggadah you will find clear print in both Hebrew and English, along with various divrei Torah written by the students. Opposite each page of the Haggadah, there is a page of questions and activities geared to linking events at the Seder to your family history, creating a highly personal Seder experience. In addition, you will find numerous questions from throughout the Haggadah that can be used to help launch in-depth and engaging discussions. Additional highlights include the Four Questions translated into over twenty-four languages as well as a collection of the students' family tradition recipes; some going back to their great grandparents.

Say It Plain

A Century of Great African American Speeches

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Author: Catherine Ellis,Stephen Smith

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587438

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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Say It Plain is a vivid, moving portrait of how black Americans have sounded the charge against injustice, exhorting the country to live up to its democratic principles. In “full-throated public oratory, the kind that can stir the soul” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), this unique anthology collects the transcribed speeches of the twentieth century’s leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures, many of them never before available in printed form. From an 1895 speech by Booker T. Washington to Julian Bond’s harp assessment of school segregation on the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board in 2004, the collection captures a powerful tradition of oratory—by political activists, civil rights organizers, celebrities, and religious leaders—going back more than a century. The paperback edition includes the text of each speech along with an introduction placing it in its historical context. Say It Plain is a remarkable historical record—from the back-to-Africa movement to the civil rights era and the rise of black nationalism and beyond—riveting in its power to convey the black freedom struggle.

Knit Together

Discover God's Pattern for Your Life

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Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 044619901X

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Debbie Macomber calls KNIT TOGETHER the project of her heart. Whenever she speaks, her theme is simple: don't be afraid to dream. God created us for a reason, and when we come to recognize our deepest longing, we can discover His plan for our lives. Full of encouragement and divine empowerment for women, the book centers around the Bible's assurance that God knits each one of us together in our mother's womb. Debbie deftly weaves her own story throughout the book, using the knitting theme of her most recent bestsellers to create metaphors that explore God's handiwork in creating us for a purpose.

Monkey Bar Adventure

Product of Ministry from the Monkey Bars

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Author: Angela Kirkpatrick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595356249

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 152

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For anyone who has had the pleasure of raising, teaching, or being around children, Monkey Bar Adventure opens your eyes to a wonderful new way to forge a bond with children based on a deeper relationship with God. As parents and caregivers, we experience a variety of different moments with our children. Those "monster" moments nearly convince us that God sent them with the primary purpose of punishing us. There are the funny "monkey" moments at which we laugh and are amazed at the thoughts in those tiny little heads. But it's in the treasured "angel" moments that we see Jesus himself. During these times, when we look at them as Jesus did, we realize that God is the only perfect parent. He desires the same behaviors from us that we want from our children. Learn how to become better parents by first becoming better children of God. If you want to know the truth about Jesus calling the children to him, then come join the Monkey Bar Adventure.

Now You Know Big Book of Answers

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Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1770702814

Category: Reference

Page: 496

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Doug Lennox is back with a treasure trove of his favourite trivia culled from his four previous Now You Know books plus 125 brand new questions answered by the master of Q & A. Lennox dispenses knowledge concisely, never losing sight of the joy and fun of discovering the why or ordinary things. He covers a wide range of topics from sports to war, from crime to religion, from pop culture to politics. Answers to questions and the origins of hundreds of expressions and customs are brought together in this fascinating compilation. Thanks to Doug, you’ll learn the answers to: Why do humans kiss? Why is a miserly person called a "cheapskate"? Why is an evil adversary called a "villain"? Why is football played on a "gridiron" and a leg injury called a "charley horse"? Why is confetti thrown at a wedding? Why do golf courses have 18 holes? Why do the British drive on the left and North Americans on the right? Why is a road called a "highway" and the ocean the "high seas"?

English Idioms in Use

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Author: Felicity O'Dell,Michael McCarthy

Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen

ISBN: 9783125391277

Category: English language

Page: 185

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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Author: Patañjali

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486117480

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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Acclaimed translation of one of yoga's most important and influential works covers eight-step path of Raja Yoga. This volume incorporates complete sutras, plus a valuable commentary by Veda-Vyasa and explanations by Vachaspati-Miçra.

Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam

Abu Isa Al-Warraq's Against the Trinity

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Author: Muḥammad ibn Hārūn Warrāq,David Thomas

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521412445

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's Against the Trinity is the longest sustained attack on the Trinity to survive from the early centuries of Islam, and is a key work in the history of the early relations between Islam and Christianity. It contains refutations of the arguments and explanations represented by the Nestorians, Melkites and Jacobites, and comprises the first part of an attack on the major Christian doctrines. It was composed during the early ninth century, and is the only known extant work of the Shi'ite scholar Abu 'Isa al-Warraq. Although his ideas met with scepticism and rejection his works were widely influential in the centuries after his death. David Thomas presents the Arabic text of this treatise, with a facing English translation. In the introduction he shows how the work is both more profound and better researched than other contemporary attacks and traces its influence upon later polemical works. He also draws together details of Abu 'Isa's life and thought from the works of contemporary writers and attempts to give an impression of what the author was trying to achieve in his teachings.

Why Do We Wear Ashes?

Nine Lenten Chancel Dramas

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Author: Paul L. Larsen

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 1556732848

Category: Religion

Page: 71

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"I was struck by the way these dramas relate to children and young people, and by how they involve children and youth in the presentations. At the same time, they have a significant message for adults. It strikes me that they could also be used when youth and children prepare programs to present in the Sunday school or for a program at family night events in the parish." Lowell O. Erdahl Bishop Saint Paul Area Synod ELCA "Larsen has written a set of sensitive chancel dramas that are inclusive and therefore, usable in a variety of congregations. The themes deal with central issues in the lives of liturgical churches. I especially appreciate the use of children in the dramas. Where else do children have a chance to share the spotlight with adults?" Clark Morphew Religion columnist Saint Paul (Minnesota) "Pioneer Press" Using the chancel drama as a pulpit, Paul L. Larsen answers some of the most asked questions about the Christian faith. Each of the nine Lenten dramas offer parts for youth and adults. Performance time is about 10 minutes each. Questions addressed in this book include: Why do we wear ashes? Why do we sing hymns? Why do we confess our sins? Why do we give? Why do we baptize? Why do we commune? Why do we confirm our faith? Why do we worship so often? Paul L. Larsen is pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Jordan, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Awareness of the Heart

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Author: Dennis T. Maglinte

Publisher: Dennis T. Maglinte

ISBN: N.A

Category: Self-Help

Page: 414

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So often in many people's lives, there is an awakening. For some it comes out of nowhere, and for others it seems as though it has always been. Seemingly from darkness, a light turns on, and all that was once confusing becomes clear, and all that was once hidden is revealed. Some call this enlightenment. Some call this a revelation. Some call this peace. I call it an awareness of the heart. The following passages were written between late 2002 until 2010. Inspired by those around me, including loved ones, family, friends and strangers, and by the happenings of the world we share, my heart was poured onto paper. Though these words were written by my hand and sometimes spoken by my tongue, there is nothing unique about them, for the stirring in me is also in you. So whether you choose to read the following passages in order, read it backwards, or randomly allow yourself to pick a page, don't follow me. Instead, take a journey into your own heart and see where it takes you. Throughout these pages, you will find references to God, Allah, Great Spirit, The Divine, Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah, He who has no name, and a myriad of other beliefs. Though our words and our thoughts may differ, today, allow yourself to read with an open mind, an open heart and an open spirit. Let your heart inspire you. Let God work through you by being you.

Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?

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Author: Blakey Vermeule

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421403106

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Vermeule draws upon recent research in cognitive science to understand the mental processes underlying human social interactions without sacrificing solid literary criticism. People interested in literary theory, in cognitive analyses of the arts, and in Darwinian approaches to human culture will find much to ponder in Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?

Civil Liberties

A Beginner's Guide

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Author: Tom Head

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780741405

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Torture, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, privacy - contrary to what public apathy would have you believe, civil liberties are worth fighting for and are almost always under threat. Tom Head tours the world to show civil liberties in action, and shows how you can make a difference. Tom Head serves as civil liberties guide for About.com.