Port Out, Starboard Home: And Other Language Myths - Michael QuinionPenguin, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Very, very light soiling to the unlaminated DJ.
Michael Quinion, writer on language and research at the O.E.D., retells many of the more bizarre tales, and explains the real regions where they’re known. The expressions he reviews come from throughout the English-speaking world, from “dinkum” and “cater-cornered”, to “whet one's whistle” and a “whole nine yards. It's a fascinating treasure trove of fiction and fact for anyone interested in language