Friday, March 26, 2010

Review - Why You say It by Webb Garrison

Have you ever wondered where a certain phrase came from? Or why some people say the crazy things they do?  In Webb Garrison's new book, Why You Say It, readers will find the stories behind over six hundred everyday words and phrases.  With statements like, "Hook, Line and Sinker", and words like, "Tomboy", Garrison gives readers the history and reasoning behind so many overused and frequently spoken phrases and words in the world of speech.

I am one of the biggest word nerds ever, so this book was very enticing to me.  A lot of the histories of the phrases and words were very interesting, but some of them just felt like they were filling space.  I was impressed for the most part by this book, I just wish a little more time was taken on research and development.  I also felt that some of the definitions/histories were very obvious and not much thought was put into them.  As a whole though, I really loved this book.  It was a very interesting read and it was fun to learn some things that I did not know already.  If you are an avid grammarian, or just some with an interest in why we say what we say, you will love this book and have a fun time reading through it.  Webb Garrison did a pretty decent job with this book, and I am curious to see others he has composed.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Love your seem to be getting tons of them in...

  2. Great- now I'm going to have to hunt this book down. I want this more than life itself.