Jumping sharks and dropping mics
A collection of “modern idioms”, phrases that are now a part of our vocabulary at large.
Gareth Carrol presents a collection of "modern idioms", which have become a part of our vocabulary in the past 50 years or so. In most cases, idioms such as "raining cats and dogs", that colour our everyday communication, are deeply rooted in culture and history. However, just like words, new idioms emerge in language, and many have entered our vocabulary through, TV, movies and the internet. These modern idioms can be dated very precisely. Jumping Sharks and Dropping Mics finds the origins of these idioms, and charts their development.
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An absolute delight: I wish I'd written it myself! The range of applications in new contexts is second to none. It blends etymology, social history and current usage, bringing together a wealth of British and American examples. ~ David Crystal, author of The Stories of English, Let’s Talk, How Language Works, and many more books on language.
Who knew there were so many modern idioms? Gareth Carrol has brought the idiom dictionary up to date and assembled a light-hearted and informative treasure trove of expressions that we may well know, but whose origin we might not have thought about. I've learnt so much from this book, which is sure to extend any reader’s knowledge of the English language. ~ Alison Wray, Professor of Language and Communication, Cardiff University, UK
Smart, funny and crammed full of fascinating facts. The perfect book for word nerds everywhere. ~ Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods.
Gareth Carrol gives us an expert's tour of the hotspots where popular culture meets etymology. A rich dive into the wheres, whys, and hows of linguistic memes. ~ Lynne Murphy, author of The Prodigal Tongue and Professor of Linguistics, University of Sussex, UK
Confronting what we take for granted in what we read, hear, write and say is not an easy job, but this book does it with precision. The devil, as they say, is in the detail, and the inherent charm of the English language's near-countless set pieces is forensically - but affectionately - laid bare. The highlights are the quirks of the sporting lexicon - from hairdryers to squeaky bum time - the examinations of which will make more than a few football writers question the world they live in. ~ Adam Hurrey, author of Football Clichés.