The late Webb Garrison (he died in 2000, actually this was his last book) left us with a great etymology volume on 600 everyday words and phrases in English. The author gathered fascinating backgrounds, unexpected origins and funny twists of history and languages. For me as a non-native English reader I don’t use every phrase or proverb, but learned a lot from Why You Say It. In 19 easy-to-read and short chapters themes like sports, outdoors, money, food, animals and borrowed from the British English are covered. In the end you look different to everyday words like browse, O.K., sniper, Roger, Chippendale, freelance or derby. Why You Say It is for every language lover and and a great gift idea.
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