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Cassell's Dictionary Of Word And Phrase Origins Paperback – 14 Mar 2002


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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (14 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304362255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304362257
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new and expanded edition of a fascinating A-Z guide to over 1,200 words and colloquial phrases

About the Author

Nigel Rees is the author of over 50 books, including the CASSELL DICTIONARY OF HUMOROUS QUOTATIONS and the CASSELL COMPANION TO QUOTATIONS. He is the deviser and presenter of BBC Radio¿s QUOTE¿UNQUOTE, through which he has become an authority on the popular use of language in slogans, catchphrases, clichés, idioms and quotations.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bluecat on 22 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
The title of this book seems to me to promise a wonderful journey through the history and idiosyncracies of the English language. Unfortunately many of the words and phrases do not actually have their origin listed. for many of them the best you get is a date reference such as "known by 1867".

How is it known by 1867? What is the origin?

Often there is a reference to, but no quote of, a very early usage such as for the phrase "let bygones be bygones" which it is noted "A proverbial expression known in English by 1546, but the thought is expressed by the Greek philosopher Epictetus"

I would like to know how he expressed it and where, when.... Surely if the writer knows enough to give such references it would be possible to go that extra step and quote them. I'd rather have less entries more properly explained.

Still the book is a handy "pick up and peruse a page of it on the loo" type book.
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A very interesting book,an easily read guide to our widely sourced language . Once you pick it up to check on something,it's hard to put down again .
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gareth on 11 Sep 2009
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A great little book i keep referring back to

I was always interested in where various sayings came from and then saw this book on a amazon recommendation so instantly brought it

Always going back to it

Some of the content is a bit american but guess that where a lot of slang has also come from

If your interested in the English Language would recommednthsi to you
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