Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds
Ingenious Tales of Words and Their OriginsBook - 2004
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."
Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Port out, starboard home