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Endangered Phrases: Intriguing Idioms Dangerously Close to Extinction

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Length: 224 pages2 hours

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Person to person” (and station to station”), bar sinister,” the weed of crime bears bitter fruit,” between the devil and the deep blue sea,” will o’ the wisp,” poor as Job’s turkey” . . . these are just a few phrases that were once part of everyday speech. However, due to our evolving language and other cultural changes, there are hundreds of phrases poised on the brink of extinction. Can such endangered phrases be saved? And if so, why? These are questions Steven D. Price, award-winning author and keen observer of the passing linguistic scene, answers in this challenging and captivating compilation. It is sure to increase your appreciation of the English language’s ebb and flowand enhance your own vocabulary along the way.

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