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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable free pdf The first edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable was warmly praised on first publication in 2000: 'I can't remember when I last learnt quite so many different things from just one book', said Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday- 'A marvellous compendium of the phrases and fables from the 20tth and 21st century...It has captured the flavour of the past 100 years,' said The Times. Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable focuses not just on the linguistic and cultural resonance of thousands of contemporary words and phrases (the 'phrase' component), but also on the riches of the modern verbal imagination as expressed in a host of titles, characters and allusions from cultural arenas as diverse as film, literature, art, music, comic strips and computer games (the 'fable' component). Here, deftly defined and intriguingly explained, are thousands of words, idioms, catchphrases, slogans, names, nicknames, 'named' events and book, film and TV-programme titles that resonate in the folk memory of English-speaking people all over the world. For this second edition, new editors John Ayto and Ian Crofton have polished, revised and updated the entire existing text and added some 1000 new articles. The latter include recent words and phrases (bootylicious, to limehouse, 9/11), new political and sporting nicknames (Beckingham Palace, Chemical Ali, Paddington Blair), words and characters from recent literature (daemon, Hogwarts), and - continuing the century-old Brewer's practice of recording unexpected and fascinating information that is not available in other general reference books - a range of 'list entries' on topics as diverse as words and phrases in British Asian English, last lines of novels, and some unfamiliar foreign translations of well-known movie titles.

About John Ayto

Ian Crofton has compiled many works of reference, books of quotations and miscellanies over the yers, including A Dictionary of Musical Quotations (with Donald Fraser), A Dictionary of Art Quotations, The Guinness Encyclopedia (as editor-in-chief), Brewer's Dictionary of Curious Titles, and, with John Ayto Brewer's Britain and Ireland and the 2nd edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable. He lives in North London. John Ayto is a writer and lexicographer. He is the editor of the 17th edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable and co-author (with Ian Crofton) of Brewer's Britain and Ireland. His other authorial credits include The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang and The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Histories. He lives in London. Ian Crofton is a writer and editor. His publications include Brewer's Curious Titles, A Dictionary of Musical Quotations and A Dictionary of Art Quotations, and he was editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia. He lives in London.

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Author : John Ayto
Publisher : Cassell Reference
Data Published : 15 October 2006
ISBN : 0304368091
EAN : 9780304368099
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 868 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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