on 5 February 2013
I had never heard of Brewers dictionaries, but came across the name while writing a review for another work. A little research revealed this, (and other volumes which I eventually got from AbeBooks), and so I took the plunge. The book is a mine of information, as the description on its page explains, stuff that is available elsewhere, but not usually collected for convenience. I believe it will be useful to me for years to come.
on 4 September 2013
If like the rest of us you are in love with Susie Dent and watch Countdown just to hear her talk on the origin of words, then this book will increase your adoration immeasurably. She has brought this old standard work for the incurably curious up to date whilst keeping all the old favourites. Pedro Carolino is still there to instruct us on English as she is spoke and Ms Dent's additions will, I am sure, have been applauded by Ebenezer Brewer himself. No bookshelf is complete without it.
While relaxing and reading my evening repertoire of the 1 million best books, I periodically, crossed a person a place or phrase that somehow missed my reading repertoire. When this happens I reach for my copy of "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable."
Finding what I'm looking for, I'm happy to know that I usually got it right. Looking up such phrases as "Cracker Barrel philosophy", I cannot help glance at "cracked pots last the longest." Once in a while I can stomp Brewer"s with such phrases as " cover her face mine eyes dazzle she died young."
For people who suggest that you can find just about anything on the net that is true. However the net does not have a tactile feel and easy index; what's more is having to trust his credibility.
So have hours, days, months, years, looking up your favorite phrase and fable.
on 4 January 2013
This was a Christmas present for a friend, it has been very much enjoyed, it it fun whilst also being educational and so much better to have a 'real' book to put down and pick up as and when you want to. Great talking point as well. Anything that is 'knowledge', fun and a talking point just has to be good. And..........a real Book!