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While this can be interesting to language trivia buffs, and certainly fascinating to the Cliff Clavin barstool champions, it has a few issues.
Most critically, it would be a great benefit to know the SOURCE of the cited research. How do we know the research was done into the origin of a word, or a pub name? you don't. Wikipedia mandates closer sourcing.
It's Scattered.... the stories and background and organization seem scattered at best. there aare general categories, and it SEEMS like there's an attempt to then follow some alphabetical basis, but there are often skips to the side.
Smothered: Definitely so, in that the writing is clear, but not concise. You'll throughly know the origin of some sayings. Thoroughly.
Covered: I'd agree that its covered. But its covered so completely that after the first few sections the purpose of trudging through to the end was more about the fact that I finish almost everything I set out to read...and it takes real effort for a book to be so terrible I won't finish it. This didn't rise to that level.
Would I reccomend it? Maybe. It would be especially beneficial to the book to have an index to allow a ready to skip only to the part they desired to read, rather than slogging through.