Book Review: Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas by Judy Parkinson

Sunday, October 31, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Cat got your tongue? Well, for Pete's sake, use this collection of colorful expressions to enrich your everyday speech. This book spills the beans on our best-loved euphemisms and most curious sayings, explaining their fascinating origins and the remarkable stories that surround them. It rounds up the usual suspects - the catch phrases, quotations, and expressions that keep our language flourishing - and makes them easy to find in a convenient A-to-Z format.

Did you know that . . .
  • The expressions all that glitters is not gold and apple of the eye have each been in use for more than a thousand years?
  • To bark up the wrong tree comes from the sport of raccoon hunting? 
  • Embarrassed parents can thank the songwriter Cole Porter for the euphemism the birds and the bees?
About the Author
Judy Parkinson is a graduate of Bristol University. She is a producer of documentaries, music videos, and commercials, and won a Clio award for a Greenpeace ad. Parkinson has published four books and has contributed to a show of life drawings at the Salon des Arts, Kensington.

My Review
This is a new title from Reader's Digest fun and educational Blackboard Books Series. I've read and reviewed several of these books, and I've enjoyed every one of them. Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and How We Got Them provides an entertaining look into the origin of many popular expressions, arranged alphabetically. In case you forgot what they meant, this book will remind you. Even if you know all about what these colorful euphemisms stand for - and use some of them every day - I bet you may learn a thing or two about how they came to be in the English language. From adding insult to injury to reading the riot act to zipping it, here's to spilling the beans about them all!

Disclaimer / Disclosure: Review copy, book information and cover art courtesy of the publisher or PR firm. I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation has been obtained for this post.


  1. Pricilla said...

    Well, why do things get my goat?

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