Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas

  • by Judy Parkinson
  • Narrated by Kim Hicks
  • 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You wouldn’t be ‘barking mad’ if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, ‘the cat got your tongue’ and you ‘clammed up’. Let’s not ‘beat around the bush’; the English language is littered with linguistic quirks that, on closer examination, seem utterly fantastical. In Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pyjamas, Judy Parkinson explores the many colourful – but rather incomprehensible – phrases that enhance our language, describing their origins and defining their true meanings.

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A spoken A-Z listing

I expected a listing of common and popular expressions and their sources and meanings being explained and expanded. I hoped that some form of connection would be made and that each one would lead into a story and the explanation of another expression. Unfortunately it was read in strictly alphabetical order with no connecting passages. It ended up being a very flat listen although I did actually learn some interesting things even if it still was effectively just a list.

Not really recommended - it could have been done so much better.
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- Neil Chisholm

Great source!

a fun and easy source to get thinking on why we say the things we say..
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- yael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios