Should you worry about grey goo? Her books include The Language Report Oxford University Press, 2003-2007 , Words of the Year Oxford University Press, 2008 , and What Made the Crocodile Cry? The 'phrase' part of the title refers mainly to the explanation of various idioms and proverbs, while the 'fable' part might more accurately be labelled 'folklore' and ranges from classical mythology to relatively recent literature. While this title is based on the structure of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, it contains entries from 1900 onwards and exists alongside its parent volume as a separate work. The has the complete, fully searchable texts of hundreds of novels. I'm a sucker for browsing books about the intertwining of history, folklore, legend and myth, and this is a great one. Second, I'm utterly confused as to the market for this book.
This book really is a must have. Please or to access full text content. First published, we are told on the dust jacket, in 1870. The English language and culture is a fascinating potpourri, bringing together fascinating aspects of our own culture and many others from many centuries. He first appeared in a picture book only in 1999. Should you worry about grey goo? 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.
It's like an early Wikipedia, but quirkier. It should go without saying that this book would be especially useful to writers seeking ideas from history for new works. However, I can heartily recommend it to all authors of fiction and readers as well. The price displayed in your currency is not the exact amount that you will be charged and is displayed for your convenience only. I love to page though my copy, a water-stained paperback from the 80's that's missing a few pages. Browsing through this latest edition, I learned something new every few seconds. Nothing can rival the joy of browsing through it - you're bound to learn something fascinating along the way.
Library Journal 1976 , 162. Therefore, do not let the title fool you into thinking you don't need it. Endlessly fascinating, it is an idiosyncratic treasure trove of word history, culture, folk lore and legend-and one of my favourite books. It is full of miscellaneous information, and would set up a clever talker for life at dinner and tea tables. Even if you don't find what you're looking for, chances are you'll uncover something even more interesting. It is really a most useful volume, with the rare attraction in a book of reference of being thoroughly readable.
Before there was the internet any serious English major would have had a copy of Bartlett's on her shefl for reference. First published in 1870, this treasury of 'words that have a story 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. Like most books, this book did not have a mention of angel Aker, which I am hunting down. Or it could be that she has received a messenger from Rome who might be called Aunt Flo by an English speaker. These include: words and phrases best thing since sliced bread, bling, where the bodies are buried ; characters and places from fantasy literature and film Gollum, Hogwarts, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Voldemort ; political, celebrity and sporting nicknames Butcher of Baghdad; Dubya ; miscellaneous arcana Chorasmian Waste, dilligrout, dwile flonking. Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable was published in 2009 and was reissued at the same time.
I might add that it has a great deal of Latin phrases which promotes learning of given subject. The first is a question mark? And if that femme fatale you met last night stands you up this evening, it may be that she has other cats to whip. I have 3 editions of Brewers Phrase and Fable; the first being the Millenium Edition published in 1999 by Cassell which in my opinion has a more readable bolder typeface than the more recent editions published by Chambers. Endlessly fascinating, it is an idiosyncratic treasure trove of word history, culture, folk lore and legend-and one of my favourite books. A must-have reference book for every shelf. And, I must note, that Brewer's is quite a bit more informative than the Oxford dictionary of the same name.
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. Granted reference books and mythology are two passions of mine, so this is always going to get me. 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 story. With many new entries; I especially like the 'What do you call. Where might you find dark matter? This is absolutely my desert island book, there's no book like it. Browsing through this latest edition, I learned something new every few seconds. Would you want the Midas touch? Everyone should have it as a bathroom book.
Originally published in 1870, it is more a compendium of miscellany than an encyclopedia or dictionary. Much more information and our a huge short story collection can be found on the frames version of. Despite this inconsistency, however, the book was a huge success, providing information often not included in more traditional dictionaries and encyclopedias. The added information that they are either kelpies or fallen angels, and are reputed to drag mariners to the bottom of the sea if they fail to answer questions in rhyming couplets in Gaelic, naturally , fills me with unutterable glee. London: Collins By: Jayne Wilson Reference Type: Dictionary Call Number: 803 Description: 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. Its entries are wide-ranging, always informative, and often fun.
Contains answers to the most arcane questions you might ask - be they profound or prosaic. For instance, I could certainly have gotten through my entire life without knowing about the blue men of the Minch. It is, in fact, unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere. Originally published in 1870, it is more a compendium of miscellany than an encyclopedia or dictionary. Second of all, I am only leaving this 'review' here as a warning to other people who, like myself, are thinking of buying this book because they think it's to do with brewing. It has already earned a permanent place on my quick reference shelf alongside the dictionaries and style guides.