This book addresses a topic which has attracted a lot of attention in the past couple of decades: idiomatic language, and how second/foreign language teachers can help their students come to grips with it. Although a fair number of books about the formulaic dimension of language and the challenges it poses for language learners are already available (for example Barfield and Gyllstad 2009; Boers and Lindstromberg 2009; Wood 2015), with a few exceptions (for example Lewis 1997; Lindstromberg and Boers 2008) these tend to be written primarily for a readership of applied linguists rather than language teachers. McPherron and Randolph’s book, Cat Got Your Tongue, is a welcome addition to the available resources in that regard, because it was expressly written for practitioners, by practitioners. The book is written in an engaging...

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