Cassell's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

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Cassell, 2002 - Reference - 416 pages
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Are you a bon vivant? Do you know whether that painting uses chiaroscuro? From appellation contrôlée to zeitgeist, these 5000 foreign words and phrases will put the world's terminology at your fingertips. It covers everyday expressions (pro forma); specialist vocabulary (barre, the wall-mounted rail used for ballet exercises); and tag lines (sic transit gloria mundi)-and includes a pronunciation guide, the date when the expression first appeared in written English, detailed word histories, and highlighted points of additional interest.

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Adrian Room is the author of over 50 popular reference books, mainly on the origins of words. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the English Place-Name Society and the American Name Society. His work for Cassell includes CASSELL'S DICTIONARY OF FIRST NAMES, CASSELL'S DICTIONARY OF WORD HISTORIES, BREWER'S DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE and other titles in the Brewer's series.

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