By Harry Oliver
What makes anyone "pleased as punch?" Why is long island urban referred to as "The colossal Apple?" And what does it suggest to flee by means of the "skin of your teeth?" on a daily basis speech is peppered with 1000s of words and expressions, yet infrequently are their origins reflected. This exciting survey delves deep into the background in the back of enormous quantities of universal phrases and turns of word and uncovers their attention-grabbing and fun resources. From historic idioms to up-to-the minute lingo, this can be the best source for etymologists and language-lovers alike.
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Additional resources for Bees’ Knees and Barmy Armies: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day
When creating a list or coordinate two clauses, the adverb precedes the subsequent element or elements. SING he caught a turtle and a fish The conjunctive adverb may precede both items to indicate emphasis. IND now he was singing, but now he is talking When the adverb is coordinating two phrases not in a list or a sequence, but defining a relationship between the two, such as a contrast, the element follows the verb. 1 STRUCTURE OF VERBS Verbs are any words that are formed from a verbal or nominal-verbal root, or derived from a noun through a derivational process.
2 COMPLEX SENTENCES Relative clauses are subordinate clauses that are introduced by a relative adverb. The relative adverb possesses a precise meaning, and there is no general indication of relativity. RETRO-CAUS 3 two my brother the cougar who killed two of my brothers The relative adverb is considered precise in that it maintains an obviative/proximate and definite/indefinite distinction with the noun phrase it modifies and that the relative adverb used agrees with the purpose of the relative clause.
A noun phrase is constructed with the noun head-last. Adjectives and genitive clauses precede the head of the phrase. GEN dog your white dog Where applicable, prepositional adverbs can go before the noun they modify. 1 DEFINITENESS Nouns are marked for definiteness. Unmarked, a noun is definite; marked, a noun is indefinite. Definite implies that the noun is already relevant, or otherwise familiar. It may be something individually unique or otherwise already mentioned. That is, definite nouns refer to something specific.
Bees’ Knees and Barmy Armies: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day by Harry Oliver