Beth Kobliner, So to Speak by Shirley and Harold Kobliner


Beth Kobliner presents her parents, Shirley & Harold Koblinar's collection of wordplay and games. 

Shirley Kobliner received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Queens College, and was a chemistry teacher in a number of New York City high schools. She was a fierce advocate for students with disabilities, and was one of the earliest supporters and participants of the Association of Neurologically Impaired Brain Injured Children. Harold and Shirley raised three kids who have given them six wonderful, expressions-obsessed grandchildren.

Harold Kobliner received his PhD from New York University’s School of Education and became principal of the award-winning Marie Curie Junior High School in Queens, New York. He was also chairman of the Board of Examiners, the independent agency that created and administered tests to teachers, principals, and superintendents throughout New York City. He was named the US Army’s Soldier of the Month for creating a program for soldiers to earn high school diplomas.

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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ISBN: 9781982163761
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Published: Tiller Press - December 8th, 2020