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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and a fascinating read but ..., 27 April 2012
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This review is from: The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms (4,000+ Idioms) (Penguin Reference Books) (Paperback)
True to its name, this book gives plenty of English idioms with definitions, examples of use in a sentence and a clue as to their tone where necessary. Under "dry as a bone" it defines normal use and suggests the humorous application when someone wants an alcoholic drink very badly but, if you forget where this idiom is, it is hard to find it again in the index because it appears under "bone" but not under "dry." The index is necessary because the editor/authors have decided to group the idioms in sections rather than merely alphabetically: colours, weather, time, life and death etc. The index needed to find a particular idiom takes several pages and is incomplete, as I have suggested. I am not sure which reader would require this arrangement: a writer on a certain topic would not need a list of cliches and a student of English would want the most direct route to an expression. There are bound to be omissions but I was surprised that, with four definitions of 'hot spot' (not listed in the index so I couldn't find it to check that I am right), it didn't give the wi-fi meaning, surely now very common. I think this is more a book to read, savour and enjoy rather than a reference tool.
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Initial post: 14 May 2012 08:53:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 May 2012 08:54:14 BDT
Good point about the indexing. Regarding the absence of 'hot spot' this is due to it's being published in 1998, way before Wi-Fi was widely available and the term 'hot spot' coined.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 09:32:17 BDT
Doc Barbara says:
Thank you for this interesting comment.
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