Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006 - Reference - 853 pages
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It’s totally revised, completely updated for the 21st century, and better than ever—featuring more than 8,000 of the most contemporary words, idioms, catchphrases, slogans, names, nicknames, “named” events, and book, film, and TV titles. And they’re all defined and fully explained in lively style. From “bootylicious” to “Hogwarts,” it focuses on the riches of the modern verbal imagination, and follows the time-honored Brewer’s tradition of telling fascinating stories about the derivation and origins of each. The new editing team of John Ayto and Ian Crofton have polished the entire existing text and added some 1,000 new articles covering the cultural spectrum from literature to music, comic strips to computer games.

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My undated hardcover copy has been invaluable in research and writing. This reference book has nearly every entry you could think of, from famous people to plants to humorous linguistic corruptions of a popular 17th century Spanish wine ("Peter-see-me"). Read full review

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A great find in my grandmother's old collection. 21st edition. A book plate on the inner front cover from "1891 St, Mark's School Southborough Sacred Study" with the signature of someone with the last ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles. He is chief etymologist on the Bloomsbury English Dictionary.

by Ian Crofton

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