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Brewer's is famously, fabulously useless. There is not the remotest possibility that it contains anything you might actually be looking up at the time. In this, it closely resembles that great modern intellectual irritant, the World Wide Web. Where it bests the upstart Web is in its wit, its erudition and in its disposability. Mind you, frustrated users should wield the new edition with caution. Adrian Room has introduced French jargon, inkhorn literary terms and many more historical and fictional characters to the familiar "alms-basket of words".
But it is through the number of extra phrases and quotations that Room truly distinguishes this edition--and who can resist passages of verse like the one which accompanies a new entry for Technogamia, a 1618 play of such mind-crushing tediousness that James I "made several efforts to leave after sitting out the first two acts"? By complete contrast, there's never a dull moment to be had with this great, daft, pointless, wonderful brick of a book. --Simon Ings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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)
'By judicious updating and editing and by dint of its elegant design and printing, this latest edition retains as strong a place in its reference market niche as it ever did; long may that continue.'
(Stuart James, Past Editor, Reference Reviews, and formerly University Librarian, University of Paisley, UK)
I love this book - the sort you can just pick up when you hear a phrase and wonder how it came about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lozzie
Recommended by Terry Pratchett. Nuff said. Especially useful if you can't remember how to stop spelling Millenniumum.Published 1 month ago by 60thenew40
One of those books that you can open anywhere and become swiftly absorbed something new.
A damned good work of reference too. Read more
Must have for SF fans (especially of Sir Terry Pratchett's - there is an edition with a foreword by him but it will cost you alot more)Published 3 months ago by Mr. N. Pearce
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is something of a literary bible.
It is a great place to look things up in or just to browse at leisure - you invariably find something... Read more
Find the book excellent for finding alterrnativ definitions.Published 5 months ago by William Nugent