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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (20th edition)
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Susie Dent
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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (20th edition)

Susie Dent



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'This is, in fact, not what you were looking for; but it's much more interesting' Terry Pratchett 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. Nowhere else could the histories of the guillotine and Guinness stout sit so comfortably alongside the KGB and the Keystone Kops. Brewer's is a catalogue of curiosities and absurdities that, over almost 150 years in print, has acquired near-mythical status.

Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition includes a brand new Collection of Curious Words and many new and updated entries. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining oddities - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.

This twentieth 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.

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 unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere.

By:   Susie Dent
Imprint:   Chambers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 74mm
Weight:   2.064kg
ISBN:   9781473676367
ISBN 10:   1473676363
Pages:   1592
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susie Dent is best the resident word expert in Dictionary Corner on C4's Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, has been on every programme about words: 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, More or Less; and has been a regular panellist on R4's Wordaholics. Susie also answers notes and queries about words and phrases in a weekly column, Dictionary Corner, for the Radio Times and has over 86,000 followers on Twitter.

An addiction may develop * Independent * 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 [Brewer's] is the most like a treasure-hunt, where one phrase leads to another, and that to a third, and before you know what's happened, it's time for lunch -- Philip Pullman

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