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Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (Wordsworth Reference) Paperback – 1 Jun 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a endless source of knowledge if you are curious about the origin and history of common sayings and phrases.It is unfailingly interesting and entertaining for that bored Sunday afternoon.The more you read of it the more you realize how little you knew! Every Tom, Dick and Harry (see entry p.1089) should have one!
It should - but it doesn't.
Every time I reach for it I am disappointed. Not once have I been able to find what I had hoped to in its pages, and not once has it been able to throw any inspiration my way.
In my opinion the Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (which I purchased at the same time as this) stands head and shoulders above it.
The Brewer's version sits on my shelf at home and is a joy to use and read. You can never fail to be amused or learn from it when you dip in and out of its pages, while this book fails to ignite any sparks other than those of boredom and disappointment.
I have no doubt that a Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a worthwhile investment and a wonderful thing to own - just not this one. Get the real thing:Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Not only will you find its contents that much more thrilling, the style in which it's written is much more lively and fun too.
I think there's a reason this book cost less than a third of the Brewer's version. However, if you insist on ignoring my advice or are unfamiliar with what a Dictionary of Phrase and Fable actually is, you'll want to know what this book offers.
Dictionaries of Phrase & Fable explain the origins of familiar and unfamiliar words, turns of phrase, speech, literature and so on. They cover colloquial sayings, proverbs and touch on subjects such as history, religion, the arts, myth, legend and science. They truly are an interesting and magical read.Read more ›
It is full of bits & pieces I could not find elsewhere. This copy was for my daughter, she is delighted with it also.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With a price of one penny for the book, I certainly can't complain about the postage charge!
It arrived in very good condition and on time.
A wonderful fund of valuable information and many, many surprises.Published on 1 May 2015 by Plain Jane
This edition of Brewer's is up to the usual standard,full of interesting and often amazing facts,a book which is difficult to put down.Published on 28 Mar. 2013 by Bill W
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