This book is essentially a dictionary of all the peculiar words and phrases in the English language which are in common use. One outstanding feature of this book is that it is clear and well laid out. If the item you are looking for is in the book (and it usually is), then you will find it. The descriptions for each entry are clear, giving both the meaning and origin of words and phrases. As a Briton working abroad, this book is invaluable for answering questions on English idioms. The danger with the book is that, once picked up, it's hard to put down and one tends to scan through the pages discovering both new and old phrases alike. Not a cheap book to buy, but well worth it for those who have any interest or pride in the English language.