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Susie Dent: What made the Crocodile Cry?

Why do we ‘bury the hatchet’? Why does something ‘cut the mustard’? Where did the question mark come from? Susie Dent answers 101 of the most intriguing questions about the English language, from word origins and spelling to grammar and usage. Find out these answers and many more in this fascinating compendium. If this piqued your interest why not take a look at some fascinating extracts from the book.