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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1870)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

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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"). ( )
  RShelton | May 24, 2011 |
Phrases, mythological names
  richardhobbs | Jan 1, 2011 |
My 1927 edition has timeless curiosities but also is a reminder of how language changes and how some phrases plunge into disuse. Dusty old volume that makes me sneeze. ( )
  WilliamAllen | Dec 27, 2009 |
With the transition from Cassell to Chambers has come a welcome restitution of some entries omitted from the "Millenium" edition, notably that for the mellifluous doctor. There are also numbers of new entries of both British and American provenance, making the book a welcome addition. ( )
1 vote gibbon | Sep 3, 2009 |
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 name of Scott. A nice reference, but I rarely pull it down but for special purposes. A nice compendium!
  reignsong | Jan 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006019653X, Hardcover)

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is one of the world's best-loved reference books. First published in 1870, this treasury of 'words that have a tale to tell has established itself as one of the great reference classics-the first port of call for tens of thousands of terms, phrases and proper names, and a fund of fascinating, unusual and out-of-the-way information.

At the heart of the dictionary lie entries on the meaning and origin of a vast range of words and expressions, from everyday phrases to Latin tags. Alongside these are articles on people and events in mythology and religion, and on folk customs, superstitions and beliefs. Major events and people in history are also treated, as are movements in art and literature, famous literary characters, and key aspects of popular culture, philosophy, geography, science and magic. To complete this rich mix of information, Brewer and his subsequent editors have added an extraordinary and enticing miscellany of general knowledge-lists of patron saints, terms in heraldry, regimental nicknames, public house names, and famous last words.

For the sixteenth edition of Brewer's the entire existing text has been revised and updated and over 1000 new articles added. These include:

recent expressions (the full monty, couchpotato, bit the ground running, Montezuma's revenge)recent events and organizations (Black Wednesday, Taliban)famous nicknames (Fab Four)historical and fictional characters (Attila the Hun, Anne Frank).

Brand-new articles on hurricane names, celebrated place-names in literature, and frequently mispronounced words continue the century-old Brewer's practice of recording unexpected and fascinating information that is not available in other general reference books.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:54 -0400)

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1000 new entries including paparazzi, full monty, couch potato and millennium bug.

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