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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable,
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This is the bible for anyone interested in the development of the English language and origins of modern phrases. Entertaining, reliable, factual and illuminating. It covers terms and sayings that have developed in the later 20th Century and early 21st Centuries - if you want earlier, just go for Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable. Great for quizzes and invaluable for sorting out arguments on the true facts behind particular word and phrase origins.