The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins: Definitions and Origins of More Than 12,500 Words and Expressions

The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins: Definitions and Origins of More Than 12,500 Words and Expressions

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"From Axis of Evil to Zoot Suit Riots—a complete guide to the many words and phrases often ignored in dictionaries."
Praise for the previous editions:
A feast for phrase detectives...that will enliven debates and illuminate issues.—William Safire
...recommended for large public and academic libraries that serve the curious as well as the scholarly., Choice
...roughly triple the greatest number [of entries] in any previous collection of its kind.—Reference and Research Book News...language lovers will romp among its pages with as much excitement as a cat rolling in catnip., Reference Reviews on www.gale.com...provides a winner to any who want a comprehensive coverage more in-depth than most casual lay treatments. This A-Z collection includes slang, proverbs, animal and place names and historical expressions under one cover, making an invaluable reference for students of language., Midwest Book ReviewClear and easy to read...provides a wealth of background material for anyone interested in words and languages., Calliope
An updated and expanded edition

Title:The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins: Definitions and Origins of More Than 12,500 Words and Expressions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780816059928
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    The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins: Definitions and Origins of More Than 12,500 Words and Expressions Reviews

  • Nicholas Bradley

    This book is FILLED with random little nuggets of history concerning where and when Words themselves were created. Most are pretty straight forward but some are downright funny. The word "Kangaroo" wa...

  • Glass River

    Finished! This may be my biggest achievement ever. Now, back to the top. Because this is so great I have to read it at least 5 times....

  • lyndsay ortiz

    My only complaint is that this book is too big. Can't cuddle up in bed with it....

  • Joanne

    with the internet , who needs these big tomes on their shelf??...

  • Sandra Smith

    Your Name: Sandra SmithType of Reference: Dictionary / HandbookCall Number: Ref. Desk 422.03 HENBrief description: This book has over 15,000 peculiar words and phrases that cover everything from slang...

  • Matthew

    I love this book. I wish, of course, that it was a little more exhaustive; I also tend to think that its "scholarship" is a little Americentric and recent (as in 1900 and later); but it's pretty good ...

  • Laura

    Wow--so much to learn here! Did you know that G-string was a term originally applied to Indian loin cloths? Also, eavesdrop comes from the legal space between houses in ancient English law. All houses...

  • Richard

    I had read 1/4 of this when commuting and is a fun and insightful dictionary of words. Absolutely enjoyable to know the source of words (e.g. barn from barley ern = barley storage). I decided to go th...

  • John Hawkins

    How can one read a book like this? It is reference....