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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (1870)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

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Series: Brewer's Dictionary Series

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This edition of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' has been fully revised and updated and contains entries on a vast range of colloquial words and expressions as well as mythology and folk customs.
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    A Dictionary of English Folklore by Jacqueline Simpson (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: Brewer's Dictionary covers world folklore, and so cannot be replaced by a single volume of national folklore -- but if you want English folklore, there is no better book than this edition by Jacqueline Simpson and Steve Roud.
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    The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (galacticus)
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    The Reader’s Encyclopedia by William Rose Benét (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: William Rose Benét, in his original publication of The Reader's Encyclopedia, admitted his debt to Brewer's Dictionary. Think of Benet's publication as a revised and improved edition. One suggestion: Don't try for the newer editions of Benet; go for the earlier ones, before the more recent editors cut out all the excellent folklore material and replaced it with all the modern "it's not art unless no one can understand it" type stuff.… (more)
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    Why You Say It by Webb B. Garrison (missmaddie)
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    Shorter Dictionary of Catch Phrases by Rosalind Fergusson (KayCliff)
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    Lempriere's Classical Dictionary of Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors Writ Large: With a Chronological Table by John Lempriere (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Reference book that's even more interesting than it is helpful. And it's very helpful indeed.
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    The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by Leonard S. Marcus (missmaddie)
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    A Dictionary of Common Fallacies by Philip Ward (JessamyJane)
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  laplantelibrary | Mar 15, 2022 |
Well, THAT only took seven and a half years. ( )
1 vote AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
I love this book and reread it periodically. Full of juicy nuggets of information and history as created by imagination. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable explains the origins of the familiar and the unfamiliar in everyday speech and literature, including the colloquial and the proverbial, and embracing archaeology, history, religion, the arts, science, mythology, and characters from fiction. This invaluable dictionary, which revises and updates the original work of Dr Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, encompasses material from all over the English speaking world and cites many equivalents from other European countries. The inclusion of quotations which accompany and illustrate many of the entries adds hugely to the value of this legendary work of reference.
  Cultural_Attache | Jul 29, 2018 |
Used it quite a bit. A good one to have if you are writing in the fantasy genre. ( )
1 vote Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brewer, Ebenezer CobhamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchanan-Brown, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, Ivor H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, Ivor H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gudefin, AlexIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pratchett, TerryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Room, AdrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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