The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

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Facts On File, Incorporated, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 822 pages
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This updated and expanded edition, contains definitions and origins of more than 12,500 words and expressions, as well as necdotes and information on the development of a wide range of words, including slang, proverbs, animal and plant names, place names, nicknames, historical expressions, foreign language expressions, and phrases from literature.

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Robert Hendrickson is the author of more than twenty-five books including American Literary Anecdotes and The Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms. He has a deep-rooted love for the English language. He lives in Peconic, New York.

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