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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 19th Edition

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

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English, Prose: non-fiction, General encyclopaedias, Reference works

Take the scenic route to knowledge.

Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, BREWER'S DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend.

Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition contains an intriguing supplement of 'Brewer's Gems' - facts, fables and curiosities from Brewer collections of the past. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining entries - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.

This nineteenth edition of BREWER'S DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark. It has been thoroughly updated with over 100 new and revised entries - think crowdsourcing, cyberpunk, iPad and mash-up - guaranteed to delight, entertain and inspire in the best Brewer's tradition.

Also included are twenty special entries that encapsulate the enticing spirit of the dictionary. Discover Brewer's take on angels, heraldry, pub signs and recluses and delve into the lexicographical world of the eggcorn.

Whether you're a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets.

As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer's 'is not a straightforward dictionary, nor is it an encyclopaedia. It is, in fact, unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere.'

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