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
114
Section 4
183
Section 5
218
Section 6
244
Section 7
274
Section 8
311
Section 13
479
Section 14
502
Section 15
520
Section 16
585
Section 17
591
Section 18
623
Section 19
702
Section 20
747

Section 9
346
Section 10
360
Section 11
389
Section 12
422
Section 21
767
Section 22
798
Section 23
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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