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Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds
Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins
Written by Michael Quinion

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95

The real story of a word or phrase’s origin and evolution is often much stranger–and much more humorous–than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you “happy as a clam.” Happy as a clam? Really, what’s so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense... Read more >
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