Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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Elizabeth M. Knowles
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Reference - 805 pages
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What is a ham-and-egger?
What are Anglo-Saxon attitudes?
Who or what is liable to jump the shark?
Who first tried to nail jelly to the wall?

The answers to these and many more questions are in this fascinating book. Here in one volume you can track down the stories behind the names and sayings you meet, whether in classic literature or today's news. This authoritative dictionary draws on Oxford's unrivalled bank of reference and language online resources to cover classical and other mythologies, history, religion, folk customs, superstitions, science and technology, philosophy, and popular culture. Extensive cross referencing makes it easy to trace specific information, while every page points to further paths to explore.

What is the fog of war?
Who first wanted to spend more time with one's family?
When was the Dreamtime?
How long since the first cry of Women and children first?
Where might you find dark matter?
Would you want the Midas touch?
Should you worry about grey goo?

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
47
Section 3
70
Section 4
114
Section 5
138
Section 6
183
Section 7
218
Section 8
244
Section 15
422
Section 16
479
Section 17
502
Section 18
520
Section 19
585
Section 20
591
Section 21
623
Section 22
702

Section 9
274
Section 10
299
Section 11
311
Section 12
359
Section 13
360
Section 14
389
Section 23
747
Section 24
767
Section 25
796
Section 26
798
Section 27
803
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About the author (2005)


Elizabeth Knowles is Publishing Manager for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She is editor of the current 6th edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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