Ballyhoo, buckaroo, and spuds: ingenious tales of words and their origins
Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004 - 280 ページ
The real story of a word or phrase&'s origin and evolution is often much stranger&...and much more humorous&...than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you &"happy as a clam.&" Happy as a clam? Really, what&'s so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense when it&'s paired with its missing second half: &"at high water.&" Now a clam at high water is a safe clam, and thus a happy clam. From the bawdy to the sublime, Quinion&'s explanations and delightful asides truly prove that the &"proof is in the pudding.&"
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