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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable By Volume editor John Ayto

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable
by Volume editor John Ayto

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Brewer's original dictionary was written in 1864 and offered a compendium of general knowledge across a wide range of subjects. In this modern edition, Adrian Room offers 8000 entries on the knowledge and trivia of the 20th century, from the first line of "Peter Pan" to who shot JR Ewing.
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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable by Volume editor John Ayto

'I can't remember when I last learnt quite so many different things from one book' - Craig Brown, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY. This book focuses not just on the linguistic and cultural resonance of thousands of contemporary words and phrases, but also on the riches of the modern verbal imagination as expressed in a host of titles, characters and allusions from cultural arenas as diverse as film, literature, art, music, comic strips and computer games. Here, deftly defined and intriguingly explained, are thousands of words, idioms, catchphrases, slogans, names, nicknames, 'named' events and book, film and TV-programme titles that resonate in the folk memory of English-speaking people all over the world.

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About Volume editor John Ayto

Adrian Room, the editor of BREWER'S DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE, is one of Britain's most experienced compilers of reference books. He is the author of more than 50 popular reference books, mainly on the origins of words, and, in particular, names. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the English Place-Name Society and American Name Society.

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable by Volume editor John Ayto
Volume editor John Ayto
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