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Engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way, with this entertaining and interactive book of common phrases that can turn a humdrum gathering into a raucous game night. We use expressions all the time. When you feel sick, you’re “under the weather.” When you feel great, you’re “on top of the world.” You may be fine with “half a loaf,” or you may Engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way, with this entertaining and interactive book of common phrases that can turn a humdrum gathering into a raucous game night. We use expressions all the time. When you feel sick, you’re “under the weather.” When you feel great, you’re “on top of the world.” You may be fine with “half a loaf,” or you may insist on “the whole enchilada.” But whether you’re a “smart cookie” or a tough one, you—and almost everyone you know—have a veritable smorgasbord of expressions stored deep in your brain. So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off is the largest collection of its kind. Thoughtfully divided into sixty-seven categories—from Animals to Food & Cooking, from Love to Politics, this is not your run-of-the-mill reference guide. Don’t look for definitions and etymologies, because the book is just the beginning. So to Speak is the launchpad for your lifelong journey to explore the universe of expressions. In fact, it’s designed to get readers off the page—and engaging with each other. So to Speak spurs discussion, debate, and gameplay, while encouraging the art of listening and celebrating the joy of words. Authors Shirley and Harold Kobliner spent more than half a century nurturing and teaching children. So to Speak is a reflection of their deeply held belief that regardless of a person’s age, the most impactful learning happens when you’re having fun. Whether it’s grandparents teaching their favorite expressions to their grandkids, teens helping adults with the latest lingo, or millennials indulging in their love of wordplay and games, this is the perfect book for any lover of language.


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Engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way, with this entertaining and interactive book of common phrases that can turn a humdrum gathering into a raucous game night. We use expressions all the time. When you feel sick, you’re “under the weather.” When you feel great, you’re “on top of the world.” You may be fine with “half a loaf,” or you may Engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way, with this entertaining and interactive book of common phrases that can turn a humdrum gathering into a raucous game night. We use expressions all the time. When you feel sick, you’re “under the weather.” When you feel great, you’re “on top of the world.” You may be fine with “half a loaf,” or you may insist on “the whole enchilada.” But whether you’re a “smart cookie” or a tough one, you—and almost everyone you know—have a veritable smorgasbord of expressions stored deep in your brain. So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off is the largest collection of its kind. Thoughtfully divided into sixty-seven categories—from Animals to Food & Cooking, from Love to Politics, this is not your run-of-the-mill reference guide. Don’t look for definitions and etymologies, because the book is just the beginning. So to Speak is the launchpad for your lifelong journey to explore the universe of expressions. In fact, it’s designed to get readers off the page—and engaging with each other. So to Speak spurs discussion, debate, and gameplay, while encouraging the art of listening and celebrating the joy of words. Authors Shirley and Harold Kobliner spent more than half a century nurturing and teaching children. So to Speak is a reflection of their deeply held belief that regardless of a person’s age, the most impactful learning happens when you’re having fun. Whether it’s grandparents teaching their favorite expressions to their grandkids, teens helping adults with the latest lingo, or millennials indulging in their love of wordplay and games, this is the perfect book for any lover of language.

30 review for So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That'll Knock Your Socks Off

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3⭐️ It was cool beans that I got this cute book to review. So I won’t dilly-dally around with it. The book was plain old fun to read. It gave many example of word play all laid out it categories. But the icing on the cake was the illustrations. Nothing spectacular but fun to go through. I realized I used most of these words, so to speak. Thank you NETGALLEY and the publisher for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review. ♥️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Grabs

    The cover and concept of this book first attracted me. It's always fun learning the history behind expressions. Unfortunately, assuming that two authors who have spend more than fifty years educating people would provide background or history to these phrases was my first mistake. The book is nothing more than a list of phrases broken down into categories with no explanation, background, usage, etc. It's simply a list. After the first chapter, I thought it would get better or maybe they would ex The cover and concept of this book first attracted me. It's always fun learning the history behind expressions. Unfortunately, assuming that two authors who have spend more than fifty years educating people would provide background or history to these phrases was my first mistake. The book is nothing more than a list of phrases broken down into categories with no explanation, background, usage, etc. It's simply a list. After the first chapter, I thought it would get better or maybe they would explain their favorite phrases in context, but that was my second mistake. From first page to last page, the book didn't improve. Thank you NetGalley and Tiller Press for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Hazen

    So so hard to read. Literally just a book of phrases and words. Did not find it enjoyable at all. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin B.

    Super fun coffee table book for anyone who enjoys a good turn of phrase! Awesome family games with wordplay as well!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jae Luck

    I was disappointed that this was a list-I was hoping for some interesting tidbits about certain sayings, especially the more archaic ones. That's my bad-I should have read a preview before I bought the book. However, I am always disturbed when a professionally published book contains blatant spelling errors. I was disappointed that this was a list-I was hoping for some interesting tidbits about certain sayings, especially the more archaic ones. That's my bad-I should have read a preview before I bought the book. However, I am always disturbed when a professionally published book contains blatant spelling errors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Finley

    I received a free physical copy of this book through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. So To Speak is a very interesting book to flip through. It was not what I was expecting when I entered the giveaway for it, but nonetheless, I am happy to have received it. Sorted by subject matter, this book lists more idioms and common sayings than any person could probably list on their own, which makes sense as the authors had combed through multiple sorts of media and enlisted the help of family members to c I received a free physical copy of this book through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. So To Speak is a very interesting book to flip through. It was not what I was expecting when I entered the giveaway for it, but nonetheless, I am happy to have received it. Sorted by subject matter, this book lists more idioms and common sayings than any person could probably list on their own, which makes sense as the authors had combed through multiple sorts of media and enlisted the help of family members to create what probably seemed like a comprehensive list of the English-language expressions we use in every day life, and there are still one or two I thought of while skimming through the lists that I believed they missed. That is alright, though, as I also found over 200 expressions that I was not familiar with and wrote down for later research, as well as finding hours of fascination observing all the ways that we as humans express ourselves using colorful language and imagery to make out conversations more interesting. When I first saw this book show up in the Giveaways section, I had assumed it was a sort of dictionary of idioms, which would have been useful for me as a writer. It was not, but what I instead found was a linguistic journey that I probably enjoyed much more than I would have the sort of reference guide I had thought it to be As stated above, this book lists thousands of sayings on every conceivable subject matter, from sports and games to nature and space, and even includes sections of the authors' favorite family sayings and pages for readers to record their own. It also has interesting and amusing illustrations to break up the text and provide a visual representations of a few of the more colorful expressions they had found, as well as a list of games that can be played using the book to work your brain and expand your knowledge of the English language. I have not had the prleasure of trying out any of the games yet, but as my fianceee majored in linguistics, I am sure they will be happy to give them a shot with me once the pandemic has ended. As such, if you and your friends or family have a fascination with language and want to put it to the test, or if you're just interested in expanding your own repertoire of expressions, I highly recommend buying this book, even if all you end up doing is flipping through it once in a while for a smile. No matter how you end up using it, it will definitely be worth it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    If we're going by book-creation stories, this one wins, hands down. Harold Kobliner and his wife Shirley compiled and categorized this collection of fun phrases and creative expressions over more than a decade with help from family and friends. After Shirley's death four years ago, Harold pressed on to see their years of work reach publication. My only complaint - there's no explanation of what the phrases mean! Admittedly, most are one's the average person has likely heard at least once in thei If we're going by book-creation stories, this one wins, hands down. Harold Kobliner and his wife Shirley compiled and categorized this collection of fun phrases and creative expressions over more than a decade with help from family and friends. After Shirley's death four years ago, Harold pressed on to see their years of work reach publication. My only complaint - there's no explanation of what the phrases mean! Admittedly, most are one's the average person has likely heard at least once in their lives, or can be figured out (ie., saved by the bell or clown around). But what about "hornswoggle"? How fun to say - I'd like to work it into my daily vocab, but I won't find out what it means in this volume. But it was still an interesting read. P.S. The games ideas to play with this book make it a fun choice even for a kiddo who isn't the book-loving type!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I received this in a Good reads contest and am under no obligation to give a good review. To be honest I am glad this was a win; the book is not what I thought it would be. I thought the authors would give you a expression and then some background information on how this expression came to be. Instead the Kobliners just list expression after expression with no background information. They took the time to divide the expressions into categories which will aide in playing the 25 games that are list I received this in a Good reads contest and am under no obligation to give a good review. To be honest I am glad this was a win; the book is not what I thought it would be. I thought the authors would give you a expression and then some background information on how this expression came to be. Instead the Kobliners just list expression after expression with no background information. They took the time to divide the expressions into categories which will aide in playing the 25 games that are listed in the beginning of the book . The book is interesting and different and I will pass it on to my adult daughter who often hosts game night but I was disappointed because I thought it was something entirely different.; my fault. I appreciate the opportunity to review this .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barb Best

    Great for Writers! So to Speak is an enjoyable and extensive resource designed by two educators. Writers, word nerds and lovers of language will especially appreciate this collection. It is essentially a list book of more than eleven thousand phrases and expressions. The categorizing of the phrases based on key words is a creative choice. Unfortunately, So to Speak lacks the derivations and meanings of the phrases. This is unsatisfying. Included are 25 games based on the phrases in So to Speak. Par Great for Writers! So to Speak is an enjoyable and extensive resource designed by two educators. Writers, word nerds and lovers of language will especially appreciate this collection. It is essentially a list book of more than eleven thousand phrases and expressions. The categorizing of the phrases based on key words is a creative choice. Unfortunately, So to Speak lacks the derivations and meanings of the phrases. This is unsatisfying. Included are 25 games based on the phrases in So to Speak. Parents and children may find these fun and educational.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I was excited when I won this book because we have a house full of writers and thought this would be a good reference for everyone. It certainly did not disappoint. It’s filled with lingo and jargon that will be good for all of our writing styles. Many of the expressions I had heard of but the book was filled with so many that I hadn’t which made the experience fun. I love the back story as to why it was written. This would be a good reference book as I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I was excited when I won this book because we have a house full of writers and thought this would be a good reference for everyone. It certainly did not disappoint. It’s filled with lingo and jargon that will be good for all of our writing styles. Many of the expressions I had heard of but the book was filled with so many that I hadn’t which made the experience fun. I love the back story as to why it was written. This would be a good reference book as well as a quirky coffee table book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Nelson

    I found this book to be such a treat, beginning to end. The story behind it is so wonderful: Harold and Shirley Kobliner were both educators in the New York public school system who began this project as a hobby, and ended up creating the largest collection of its kind. The book itself is beautifully arranged into fun categories, with gorgeous illustrations. There's a huge games section, with a bunch of fun games I'm looking forward to playing with my family. This book would make a perfect Chris I found this book to be such a treat, beginning to end. The story behind it is so wonderful: Harold and Shirley Kobliner were both educators in the New York public school system who began this project as a hobby, and ended up creating the largest collection of its kind. The book itself is beautifully arranged into fun categories, with gorgeous illustrations. There's a huge games section, with a bunch of fun games I'm looking forward to playing with my family. This book would make a perfect Christmas gift or birthday present for the word lover in your life!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jude

    This book was very enjoyable. The authors clearly put a lot of time and effort into this book and that was truly shown. The front cover really caught my eye with the many pictures shown to symbolize different expressions. I could easily find expressions I was looking for because the expressions and phrases were grouped into different category’s. It was also very interesting to see the authors process of writing the book on the inside of the cover. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and w This book was very enjoyable. The authors clearly put a lot of time and effort into this book and that was truly shown. The front cover really caught my eye with the many pictures shown to symbolize different expressions. I could easily find expressions I was looking for because the expressions and phrases were grouped into different category’s. It was also very interesting to see the authors process of writing the book on the inside of the cover. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mg

    This book oozes charm! The clever turns of phrase, the heartwarming story of its development, and the old-fashioned and wholesome recommendations for language-based family activities are a win for me. And it's beautiful! The illustrations are beautifully selected and made me laugh out loud in several places. I don't own any other book that is this consistently entertaining by just opening up to a random page. Will definitely be gifting to my friends with brainy families. This book oozes charm! The clever turns of phrase, the heartwarming story of its development, and the old-fashioned and wholesome recommendations for language-based family activities are a win for me. And it's beautiful! The illustrations are beautifully selected and made me laugh out loud in several places. I don't own any other book that is this consistently entertaining by just opening up to a random page. Will definitely be gifting to my friends with brainy families.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I'm a big fan of language books (starting with Tooth & Nail, the SAT prep book I read in high school), and this one does not disappoint. Great images, fun chapters, and a lot of material explaining how to use the book and where it comes from. I keep trying to think of expressions the authors missed, but haven't succeeded yet...I can't imagine the patience and time it took to put all this together! I'm a big fan of language books (starting with Tooth & Nail, the SAT prep book I read in high school), and this one does not disappoint. Great images, fun chapters, and a lot of material explaining how to use the book and where it comes from. I keep trying to think of expressions the authors missed, but haven't succeeded yet...I can't imagine the patience and time it took to put all this together!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ronald D. Kronengold

    So to Speak provides the gift of gab for the holiday season. This thorough compilation of expressions sparks conversation and game-play while bridging the age gap. It has inspired my family to put down our phones and strike up a conversation, leading to honest to goodness fun! The beautiful illustrations serve as brain teasers to solve the expressions they represent. I especially love the handwritten lists that line the inside cover. Thank you to the authors for this labor of love.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Family Fun!! We had a great time going through all of the different expressions. Many of them jogged fond memories. We also enjoyed thinking of expressions and flipping through to see if the book had them. It was very challenging to come up with expressions that weren’t already chosen by the authors. This book of many expressions collected over many years is a true work of love. Highly recommend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vogelzang

    I will interview an author's family member, Beth Kobliner, and have received the book for review purposes. That said, I loved this book. My family and I read it out loud and we have shared it frequently with friends. The book brings us all together, laughing and enjoying the memories of these important expressions, what they mean (younger family members haven't heard some), and why important. Great book! So much FUN! I will interview an author's family member, Beth Kobliner, and have received the book for review purposes. That said, I loved this book. My family and I read it out loud and we have shared it frequently with friends. The book brings us all together, laughing and enjoying the memories of these important expressions, what they mean (younger family members haven't heard some), and why important. Great book! So much FUN!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This book is both hilarious and enlightening! There are all these old photos throughout that make it really fun. I don't really get the chapters, but I think that's kind of the point. Have even tried playing some of the games in the book with family members, and it was pretty fun! It stands on its own as a resource for these games. Highly recommended to language-loving families! This book is both hilarious and enlightening! There are all these old photos throughout that make it really fun. I don't really get the chapters, but I think that's kind of the point. Have even tried playing some of the games in the book with family members, and it was pretty fun! It stands on its own as a resource for these games. Highly recommended to language-loving families!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Great book for my family and me. It reminded us of our favorite expressions growing up (like "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree"). Doesn't have definitions, but most of these you'll recognize...and it's fun guessing the ones you don't and then looking them up. All around fun, and funny pictures too. Great book for my family and me. It reminded us of our favorite expressions growing up (like "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree"). Doesn't have definitions, but most of these you'll recognize...and it's fun guessing the ones you don't and then looking them up. All around fun, and funny pictures too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jami

    I challenge anyone to read this book without smiling. Like sense memories, these expressions bring you back! The vintage images are an especially nice touch. Speech-Language pathologists, drama teachers, english teachers, ESL teachers and parents or care givers of any kind will love this book. Highly recommend!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    What a fun book for word lovers. : ) A massive collection of expressions and figures of speech. So fun to look through with kids. Every page starts a conversation. Makes you appreciate how colorful (and kooky) the English language can be. Totally love the old-fashioned illustrations too. Good vibes all around!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jami Moss

    Received this book as an ARC from a Goodreads contest and as a thank you I’m writing a review! This book is super cute! My husband and I had so much fun going through this book, surprisingly I knew more than I thought I would! I would recommend this to anyone who has a quirky sense of humor, maybe a bookworm or someone who studies English :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Whether or not you’ll like this book really depends on what you’re looking for. As other reviewers have pointed out, it’s only a collection of expressions so if you’re looking for context or history, this isn’t the book for you. However, as a reference tool for writers or a tool for wordplay games, this is a good reference book with a variety of expressions well organized by category. I received an advanced reading copy of this book and am providing this review voluntarily.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colleen M. toy

    Written by a couple who were both in education, married 65 years before her death in 2016. This was their project, born from a love of language and expressions that they shared with their grandchildren. 11,000 expressions, listed by categories... and 25 games and challenges. They worked on it together for 13 years with the rule they could NOT use the internet. This book just makes me happy.☺💟

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Very sweet origin story (an older couple started the book and got kind of carried away), and a beautiful book. It's fun to just flip through to see the pictures of expressions, which I think are older illustrations made to fit the expressions. It's amazing how many expressions you'll recognize and can talk about with friends and family, and while it's true what others are saying that the book doesn't define expressions, that didn't bother me. You can always look them up or just understand their Very sweet origin story (an older couple started the book and got kind of carried away), and a beautiful book. It's fun to just flip through to see the pictures of expressions, which I think are older illustrations made to fit the expressions. It's amazing how many expressions you'll recognize and can talk about with friends and family, and while it's true what others are saying that the book doesn't define expressions, that didn't bother me. You can always look them up or just understand their meaning by thinking about them. This book is more about the richness of English expressions and how funny and interesting language is.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    This is a very entertaining book. I appreciate the work that went into it and the way it’s presented. I will definitely keep it as a reference for some of the crazy expressions my husband uses. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    AB

    Loved this book! Fun illustrations and guessing games, fun to review which phrases you know (and look up ones you don't...or invent what they mean), really just enjoyable. I lost myself just browsing this book many times. Loved this book! Fun illustrations and guessing games, fun to review which phrases you know (and look up ones you don't...or invent what they mean), really just enjoyable. I lost myself just browsing this book many times.

  28. 4 out of 5

    RM

    The little ones love this book. The pictures are fun and they are learning expressions from the book. I don't always get the categories, but they're fun and quirky! They kind of tell the story of the authors, a couple who put together this book in their old age. It's been fun for me too! The little ones love this book. The pictures are fun and they are learning expressions from the book. I don't always get the categories, but they're fun and quirky! They kind of tell the story of the authors, a couple who put together this book in their old age. It's been fun for me too!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I couldn't believe the title...11,000? But lo and behold, this book delivers. The expressions are arranged in a funny way, and the book is oddly very readable. Has been great for family fun to just open a random page and make up a word game, the kids love that. I couldn't believe the title...11,000? But lo and behold, this book delivers. The expressions are arranged in a funny way, and the book is oddly very readable. Has been great for family fun to just open a random page and make up a word game, the kids love that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Parrott

    This book is a labor of love for the two authors. While the bulk of the book is a list of turns of phrase, there are also fun illustrations and several suggestions of games for having fun with these list. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.

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