The English language is full of phrases and sayings, used on a daily basis by all of us. Sometimes we need to take time out to find out where on earth these familiar utterances come from. We shouldn't be surprised that people are bemused. We tell them to pull their fingers out, go for the full monty and watch out for deadringers, but half the time we have no idea what any of that really means. Dig a little deeper and you'll discover amazing stories from all over the world and throughout history. Part-serious study, part-trivia mine, Red Herrings and White Elephants tells you the origins of hundreds of well-known phrases and we promise, once you start reading you won't be able to stop!