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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable [Paperback]

Russ Willey
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It's a treasure trove ... --Robert Elms, BBC London, October 12, 2009

If The London Encyclopedia is your sage and venerable grandfather ... Brewer's [Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable] is your funky godfather, full of genial triviality and good humour ... --Time Out, Big Smoke blog, October 19, 2009

... if you have any interest at all in the story of London, you will find much ... to keep you reading.
--World Wide Words, Michael Quinion, October 31, 2009 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The legends, lore, locals, localities and lingo of London

From the Author

Some of my favourite parts of this book are the bits I didn't write myself: the illustrative quotations accompanying hundreds of the entries in the dictionary. A selection of these gives a flavour of the book as a whole.
"All within the sound of Bow Bell are in reproch called cochnies, and eaters of buttered tostes." (1617)
"... for you can hear them outside the house; they generally speak four or five at a time, and every one in a Mitcham whisper, which is very like a shout." (1892)
"When the Cockney is surprised and incredulous and says, 'Would you Adam and Eve it?' he slyly spreads his unbelief so as to cast a shadow of doubt on the story of creation in the first book of Genesis." (1934)
"Hard done by? A less than ideal world you live in? You're having a bubble, Frank [Lampard], as they say in your native East London." (2007) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Russ Willey is a native Londoner whose family's London roots date back 200 years. He is the author of Chambers London Gazetteer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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