The Royal Library of Alexandria or The Ancient Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. Alexandria, Egypt was considered the capital of knowledge and learning, because of this great library. The library housed between 40,000 to 400,000 papyrus scrolls. Unfortunately, the library is most famous for having been burned down, which resulted in the loss of many scrolls. Its destruction has become the symbol for the loss of cultural knowledge.
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Hello and welcome to episode 83…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… by the book
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get when you don’t ~ Pete Seeger
by the book …by the book is to do something exactly by the rules… to follow instructions exactly
In this office, we insist that you do everything exactly by the rules.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… by the book
In this office we do everything by the book.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … by the book
Our substitute teacher is tough. She does everything by the book.
The police took their time and ran the investigation by the book.
They were fired because they wouldn’t go by the book.
Do you establish routines?
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Thank you for listening and the next idiom is… to eat your words