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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look into recent ephemera
I am enjoying this companion immensely, reading a few pages before going to sleep each evening. It combines thoroughness with wit and its selection reminds me of many half-remembered events, sayings, publications, etc. As with other such books of reference, it is difficult to look up one item and stop there - all too often one is drawn into a lengthy ramble through its...
Published on 22 April 2010 by D. A. Wright

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Not too impressed with this- all the entries are from the 20th century and are self-explanatory. I am a general reader and can honestly say I didn't learn a thing from this. Very disappointing.

People say that Brewers is the best but for me there is too much emphasis on celebrities and not enough on actual phrasaes for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look into recent ephemera, 22 April 2010
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I am enjoying this companion immensely, reading a few pages before going to sleep each evening. It combines thoroughness with wit and its selection reminds me of many half-remembered events, sayings, publications, etc. As with other such books of reference, it is difficult to look up one item and stop there - all too often one is drawn into a lengthy ramble through its pages emerging better informed and greatly refreshed.

I bought the 18th edition of the original version at the same time, thanks to a couple of Christmas presents, as my previous one is somewhat dated and both are beautiful to look at and handle. They make a handsome pair and I know they will soon become indispensable.

My only quibble is that the binding is inadequate for such a weighty tome.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, 2 Jan. 2011
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Not too impressed with this- all the entries are from the 20th century and are self-explanatory. I am a general reader and can honestly say I didn't learn a thing from this. Very disappointing.

People say that Brewers is the best but for me there is too much emphasis on celebrities and not enough on actual phrasaes for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable, 17 May 2011
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This just does not compare to the original, non modern version. It is full of shallow, puerile nonsense. Don't waste your money. Get the original. Unless you are not British-born/English fluent. If you are trying to settle here from a quite different culture, then perhaps it might be of some use. Otherwise, it makes a good door stop!
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This review is from: Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable: 2nd Edition (Hardcover)
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