Harry Oliver supplies the answers to the questions above - and reveals a "whole cosmos of intrigue, history, and humor" hiding behind hundreds of common English figures of speech - in this breezy etymological collection. It may not be too surprising that Darwin's evolutionary theories first provoked the disbelieving phrase "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle," but can you imagine the origins of the term "hunky-dory"? Do you know what a sock has to do with the expression "sock it to me"? Who do you think first "got someone's goat"? Flying By the Seat of Your Pants is "armed to the teeth" with entertaining word-history surprises!