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When:

Thu 19 Jul 2012, 12:30pm

Where: Porirua Library, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Paper Plus North City and Porirua Library invite you to meet language expert Max Cryer.

Author Max Cryer will be talking about his latest book "Curious English Words and Phrases".

About the book: Have you ever wondered where terms like 'end of you tether', 'gets my goat' or 'letting ones hair down' come from? Or why we call some people 'geezers', 'sugar daddies' or lounge lizards'? Or where the words 'eavesdropping', 'nickname' and 'D-Day' come from?

They are just a few of the many and phrases that language expert Max Cryer examines in this fact-filled and fun new book, 'Curious English Words and Phrases'. Max explains where these curious expressions come from, what they mean and how they are used.

Along the way he tells a host of colourful anecdotes and dispels quite a few myths – Did Churchill originate the phrase 'black dog'? And if 'ivory tower' can be found in the Bible, why has its meaning changed so drastically?

'Curious English Words and Phrases' is a treasure trove for lovers of language. Informative, amusing and value for money, this book is 'the real McCoy'. From 'couch potato' to 'Bob's your uncle', you'll find the explanation here!

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