QPB encyclopedia of word and phrase origins
Author Robert Hendrickson traces the sometimes bizarre, always fascinating origins and development of more than 9,000 words and phrases from A to Zzz, including slang, proverbs, animal and plant names, place-names, nicknames, historical expressions, foreign-language expressions, and phrases from literature. This greatly expanded and revised version of the critically acclaimed 1987 original contains more than 2,000 new entries. Comprehensive, authoritative, and eminently readable, The Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins will delight the logophile and serve as an invaluable reference tool for all students of language and literature.
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Review: QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase OriginsUser Review - Ellen (Elf TajMuttHall) Finch - Goodreads
Didn't seem to be well researched, not well written. Given to doing things like giving you an interesting origin story and then saying, at the end, oh, by the way, that's not really the origin. Also ... Read full review