QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

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Facts on File, 1998 - English language - 754 pages
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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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This reference work on the history, origin, and current meaning of common words and phrases is organized from A to Z with short, definition-style entries. Approximately 3500 new entries have been ... Read full review

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it's pretty neat, but not the exhaustive reference book i expected. Read full review

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