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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
The Literally Illustrated Collection of Idioms, Metaphors and Euphemisms by Cotey Gallagher is a fun, colorful, beautifully illustrated book about terms that we use every day. I'm sure you have heard of these: You Never Miss the Well Until the Water Runs Dry, My How Time Flies By, and Still Waters Run Deep. Cotey points out that these are forms of idioms, metaphors and euphemisms. Not only does the author give us the meanings of these three expressions, but she provides several examples using them. Imagine reading the idiom Let Me Give You A Piece of My Mind and seeing a visual illustration of it. Hilarious. As you read each expression, you can't stop chuckling.
From the start of reading The Literally Illustrated Collection of Idioms, Metaphors and Euphemisms by Cotey Gallagher, I couldn't stop laughing. At a young age, when I used to hear my parents use these terms, I would always begin to visualize the term used, like When Pigs Fly. As I get older, now before I use an idiom, metaphor or euphemism, especially with me being a visual person, I can only laugh. As you listen to the conversations around you, you will find that people use these expressions every day. It has become a normal part of our conversations. Depending upon your culture, there are other terms used, but using idioms, metaphors and euphemisms just helps to add color to the language of communication. If you like the language of idioms, metaphors and euphemisms, treat yourself by picking up a copy of this book by Cotey Gallagher.