March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles

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The origins of hundreds of common words and phrases are explained in this journey through the richest, most fascinating regions of the English language.

Why is a March hare mad? Why do we sometimes call ourselves a monkey’s uncle? What are peo

Why is a March hare mad? Why do we sometimes call ourselves a monkey’s uncle? What are people really doing when they go and see a man about a dog? Who was the Real McCoy? And what is the original meaning of flying by the seat of your pants? While we might choose our words carefully, we rarely think about the origins of the many phrases, place names, and expressions we use every day. Yet, behind these words lie marvelous stories, steeped in the weird and wonderful traditions of everyday life. So if it’s all Greek to you, have a gander at this engrossing tome. ...Continua

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