# Pages: 116 pages
"Everyday across the country, we hear phrases and expressions being used in conversation that few who use them exactly know what they mean. For instance, what does ""whole nine yards,"" actually mean? Or, what about ""keep your nose to the grindstone,"" or ""bone up""? Do you know?
Adages, sayings, aphorisms, idioms, figures of speech, colorful expressions—call them what you will, these little idiosyncrasies of the English language are so deeply embedded in our speech patterns that we all use them without giving a second thought to where they originated, why they are part of the English language, and most importantly, their actual meaning.
Take a look inside to discover—quite tongue-in-cheek, of course—the origins of some of your favorites!"