This is a book review of Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind Over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases by Webb Garrison
Did you ever wonder where the phrase “Kick the Bucket” came from? This book explains the phrase. It’s actually pretty gross explanation about how animals are slaughtered, but this book attempts to explain the etymology of the phrase.
Or maybe you’ve wondered why people say someone is “Three sheets to the wind” when they are inebriated or just plain drunk. This book explains how sailors made sure that the masts of a ship had four masts up during a strong wind otherwise if there was only three the ship would be swaying just like a drunk person.
Each of these phrases or words are explained in easy-to-read short stories or explanations. It’s an entertaining book to browse thru or just sit down and read the entire thing. So, the next time someone says one of the many common phrases in this book you can explain it and sound really smart or like a smart-you-know-what.
Webb Garrison is also the author of What’s in a Word. The book cover also says he’s a former dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, he’s written more than 55 books.
I would recommend this book be on your book shelf. It would also be a great gift for any occasion.