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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 19th Edition 19th Edition

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"Off each page of Brewer's leaps some titbit of cultural or linguistic miscellany, much of which this reader didn't even know that he didn't know...A delight to flip around."--The Economist


"An idiosyncratic adventure, pulling you in and saying: 'This is, in fact, not what you were looking for; but it's much more interesting.'"--Terry Pratchett


"Of all the dictionaries in the world it is the most like a treasure hunt."--Philip Pullman


About the Author


Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, the son of a Norwich schoolmaster, was born in 1810. He graduated in Law from Cambridge in 1836, and two years later was ordained, before returning to teach at his father's school. There he compiled his first major work, A Guide to Science. It proved immensely popular, perhaps funding the extensive European travels he subsequently undertook. Returning to England in 1856, he slowly put together the work that was to become Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. The first edition was published in 1870 and sold over 100,000 copies. In 1894 he compiled a revised and enlarged edition, and he lived a further three years, long enough to see sales "far exceed our utmost expectations."

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  • Item Weight : 3.4 pounds
  • Paperback : 1480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780550107640
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0550107640
  • Dimensions : 9.7 x 2 x 6.2 inches
  • Publisher : Hodder Education Publishers; 19th edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0550107649
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 43 ratings

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I really love this book. The reason being is that you can just dive into a random page and learn something completely random and quirky. I have spent many times with this close by on the arm of the sofa reading things out about expressions, sayings and words to my family and friends. You learn so much about the English language and with Susie Dent's (Countdown on Channel 4) contribution comes the humour too. It's like a fun alternative dictionary basically. A must have if you love that sort of thing too. I have included a sample of the book.
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