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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable By Ebenezer Cobham Brewer Adrian Room Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Celebrating the th anniversary of its original publication this expanded and updated edition of a classic reference features a new simplified organization
  • Title: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
  • Author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer Adrian Room
  • ISBN: 9780060196530
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable By Ebenezer Cobham Brewer Adrian Room
    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable By Ebenezer Cobham Brewer Adrian Room Celebrating the 125th anniversary of its original publication, this expanded and updated edition of a classic reference features a new, simplified organization.
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    • Various editions of this book are available online in digitized form But that shouldn t stop you from getting your own physical copy Nothing can rival the joy of browsing through it you re bound to learn something fascinating along the way As Terry Pratchett says in the Foreword, it s a storehouse of little parcels of serendipitous information of a kind that are perhaps of no immediate use, but which are, nevertheless very good for the brain First published in 1870, Brewer s has flourished for o [...]

    • Five stars, even with some reservations.Brewer s Dictionary is a gem, full of obscure facts, observations about the history of phrases and stories and icons and references The English language and culture is a fascinating potpourri, bringing together fascinating aspects of our own culture and many others from many centuries Our current vocabulary is a chain linking us to the many generations past, and it s great to have Brewer or, now, his cultural descendants elucidating this for us.I have just [...]

    • While we re at it, I cannot live without this book It s the place to go if you want to find out the significance of a golden apple or the difference between a faun and a satyr And let s face it, who doesn t.

    • This is absolutely my desert island book, there s no book like it Granted reference books and mythology are two passions of mine, so this is always going to get mebut there really is nothing like this book Randomly open the pages and you find out the names of famous mythological creatures, infamous characters through out history and the occasional curious saying The amount of things from this book that goes into my stories, or is the beginning of some crazy bit of research that end up becoming a [...]

    • Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a newer version to previous editions and I dare say much heavier It is not only a valuable source of previous century and old tales and reference, no this edition was updated to accommodate to new changes I might add that it has a great deal of Latin phrases which promotes learning of given subject I would recommend it to general literature use, if not sure who or what specific item means, this book is IT Like most books, this book did not have a mentio [...]

    • How can you not love this book And, I must note, that Brewer s is quite a bit informative than the Oxford dictionary of the same name Brewer s seems, at least, to have fewer things of general knowledge meaning I came across things that I didn t know and had well written entries Brewer s avoids Oxford s habit of assuming the reader knows the meaning of the colloquial express it s trying to describe.

    • This book really is a must have Have you ever wondered who Zeno was Or where the phrase, to swing a cat came from Life and literature are full of references to phrases and fables that I m never totally sure of But this is also a fun book to just pick up and flick through.Possibly not a book to read from cover to cover, but a joy nonetheless.

    • I love this book I have an older edition and it s falling apart of the use it gets It s great fun to just browse Brewer s, but what s uncanny is how many times I ve come across some obscure reference usually something British and Brewer s has an entry It s like an early , but quirkier.Every home should have one

    • Before there was the internet any serious English major would have had a copy of Bartlett s on her shefl for reference I love to page though my copy, a water stained paperback from the 80 s that s missing a few pages Reading it is a like a choose your own adventure for mythologies and popular culture.

    • A must have reference book for every shelf Contains answers to the most arcane questions you might ask be they profound or prosaic Entries range from the derivation of well known colloquial phrases to lengthy entries on figures from mythology, as well as origins of superstitions and beliefs First published, we are told on the dust jacket, in 1870 Why is Britain sometimes called Albion A possible explanation is found here What was the Cliveden set Perfect for trivia lovers, as well as a seriously [...]

    • Pictured cover is not this edition Ayto, J 2005 Brewer s dictionary of phrase fable 17th ed London CollinsBy Jayne WilsonReference Type DictionaryCall Number 803Description More than 15,000 entries of the meanings of terms, expressions, and names of real, fictitious and mythical characters in history, science, the arts and literature.Review Source Jack, J 2006 The Dictionary of Phrase Fable Library Journal 1976 , 162.Relevance and Relationship 55, A needed addition to the 800 s Literature sectio [...]

    • As a reference book, this isn t a thing you ever finish or stop referring to or read from page 1 to 1000 It s been my night time browing book for about the past three months, and I think I ve read enough of it to rate it and sing its praises.I m a sucker for browsing books about the intertwining of history, folklore, legend and myth, and this is a great one The entries ranging from Bedlam to Domesday Book to Micah Rood s Apples to Lutine Bell to Thule ride that nice middle ground of given enough [...]

    • At 1480 pages and at least ten pounds, I make no real cleaim of having read this entire work However, I can heartily recommend it to all authors of fiction and readers as well If you have trivia of the British Isles persuasion, as well as United States or anywhere in the Commonwealth, this overgrown book is a good starting place.Originally published in 1870, it is a compendium of miscellany than an encyclopedia or dictionary Eclectic and verh British, it s the perfect place to look if you need [...]

    • Did you know that Aeschylus was killed by the fall of a tortoise on his bald head from the claws of an eagle in the air Now, how many of you have read Small Gods by Terry Pratchett Is there nothing Pratchett doesn t know Anyway, this and many other strange and wonderful things are revealed and referenced in what is called a Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Therefore, do not let the title fool you into thinking you don t need it Everyone should have it as a bathroom book That s where it is in my ho [...]

    • I enjoyed this book, but it wasn t quite what I expected I was hoping for a direct phrase book that indicates colloqualisms and or idioms in historical context, but it s a bit of a single word dictionary reminiscent of the Oxford English Dictionary in its presentation though not nearly so complete Still, it s a nice desk reference and my particular edition is introduced by Terry Pratchett.

    • Despite the fact that actually reading a dictionary from cover to cover is nigh impossible without getting sidetracked for at least a week or two, I m actually having quite a blast I received this book for my birthday back in December, and have been making it a point to read a few entries from different letters weekly There s not much to say about it it s very factual, but not boring.

    • Ok I love reference books Generally they re not read from cover to cover But some of them like Brewer s are so crammed full of fascinating references and cultural anecdotes that it s just so hard to put down If you don t own a copy then you need one.

    • useful even if it isn t useful at the moment This is something that you read, you skim, you just enjoy, and later on something will stand out from the rest and will become something entirely useful at least it was for me still going through it time and time again.

    • For all you aspiring writers out there This is a book with thousands of story beginnings Just pick a page and let your finger fall where it may I guarantee you ll find an interesting passage worthy of a short story at least

    • Another valuable book for any writer Just paging through this book you are bound to learn something new I turn to it often when writing to find new phrases to use of some myth that I never knew about Love, love, love this book.

    • This has become an indispensable reference book to me and in many cases is often my first point of call after the dictionary Entries are well written and interesting as well as informative, useful and reliable It can also be tempting to browse for the eclectic entries.

    • I m not going to try to add all my current or past reference books, but when one pops up in a recommendation panel I might as well claim it Like many other references, this one is both fun and useful.

    • This is one reference book that no one should be without Okay, we all have out and our googles for looking up those half remembered legends, histories and origin myths but Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is still an absolute delight to casually flip through.

    • This book is often referred to as the classic reference for writers and speakers It is So many terms and phrases that one hears used are explained here and the origin of the term given It is an excellent reference book and interesting in its own right.

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