BEGAT: David Crystal

  • Here are just a few of the idioms and expressions still in use today from the KJB:

    - turned the world upside down

    - from the mouths of babes

    - go the second mile

    - God forbid

    - take root

    - the powers that be

    - filthy lucre

    - no peace for the wicked

    - a fly in the ointment

    - feet of clay

    - a thorn in the flesh

    - the skin of the teeth

    - my brother's keeper

    - fight the good fight

    - nothing new under the sun

    In his new book, Begat, David Crystal asks the question why a book published four hundred years ago should continue to have such a profound influence on our language. What he finds is often surprising.