Our language and culture is endlessly fascinating, and this book is one further testament to that glorious fact. Contains answers to the most arcane questions you might ask - be they profound or prosaic. Brewer's seems, at least, to have fewer things of general knowledge meaning I came across more things that I didn't know and had more well-written entries. Perfect for trivia lovers, as well as a seriously useful work for students and scholars. Whether you are a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets. Granted reference books and mythology are two passions of mine, so this is always going to get me.
The only book that I have read continuously for more than two years - and not because I have a limited literacy ability! However, I can heartily recommend it to all authors of fiction and readers as well. The amount of things from this book that goes into my stories, or is the beginning of some crazy bit of research that end up becoming a story. I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't quite what I expected. The book, to keep up to date, has entries for Indiana Jones and Bridget Jones, the iPad and crowdsourcing. Take to carry coals to Newcastle: to do what is superfluous; to take something where it is already plentiful. He mentions this book and says it was often a distraction because once he started looking through it he got carried away and would browse instead of working. Our current vocabulary is a chain linking us to the many generations past, and it's great to have Brewer - or, now, his cultural descendants - elucidating this for us.
Some entries seem so trivial as to be hardly worth including, and others are almost definitely apocryphal. Brewer's Dictionary is a gem, full of obscure facts, observations about the history of phrases and stories and icons and references. Great talking point as well. Five stars, even with some reservations. First, it's sometimes frustratingly brief, giving us a few sentences on many subjects that could have used paragraphs.
This revised and expanded edition features hundreds of new entries on everything from blogs and designer babies to New York's mysterious sewer-dwelling alligators, as well as a selection of 'heritage entries' from a Victorian edition of Brewer's: see enchanted castles, magic garters and poison detectors. I am amazed to get such a good buy. Various editions of this book are available online in digitized form. Therefore, do not let the title fool you into thinking you don't need it. On top of this, Brewer added notes on important historical figures and events, and other things which he thought would be of interest, such as. It is a famous book for speakers and writers who are in want of pertinent illustrations.
He first appeared in a picture book only in 1999. Late this week, though, I finally got a chance to crack it for the odd browse. Christmas approaches; you could do worse for a curious loved one. Perhaps this is inevitable due to the number of entries in the book, and I think it's perfectly acceptable since, in 2012, a reader can take these crumbs and research them further on the internet. It is fairly large and heavy. Her books include The Language Report Oxford University Press, 2003-2007 , Words of the Year Oxford University Press, 2008 , and What Made the Crocodile Cry? Everyone should have it as a bathroom book.
Consult Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, The Chambers Thesaurus 1996 or Chambers Biographical Dictionary 1997 edition with amendments. Much more information and our a huge short story collection can be found on the frames version of. Second of all, I am only leaving this 'review' here as a warning to other people who, like myself, are thinking of buying this book because they think it's to do with brewing. But knowing that they are legendary beings who haunt the Minches the channels separating the Outer Hebrides from the rest of Scotland , occasionally bothering sailors, enriches my life. In the we have the complete works of , and many other plays from the Elizabethan, restoration and modern periods. I might add that it has a great deal of Latin phrases which promotes learning of given subject.
Since then, it has been continually revised and reprinted, often in facsimile, with the 15th edition being the first to make truly wide-scale changes to the content. This is a very good buy. The price displayed in your currency is not the exact amount that you will be charged and is displayed for your convenience only. The English language and culture is a fascinating potpourri, bringing together fascinating aspects of our own culture and many others from many centuries. I guess it's an inevitable consequence of our disparate society - so many phrases in the book will seem obvious to its core readership, but they may not necessarily be known to the greater English-speaking culture.
Also included are twenty special entries that encapsulate the enticing spirit of the dictionary. I assume this is partly because the editors want each edition to be a time capsule. I believe it will be useful to me for years to come. London: Collins By: Jayne Wilson Reference Type: Dictionary Call Number: 803 Description: More than 15,000 entries of the meanings of terms, expressions, and names of real, fictitious and mythical characters in history, science, the arts and literature. Possibly not a book to read from cover to cover, but a joy nonetheless. The information given is most comprehensive, and is always succinctly presented.
If you have trivia of the British Isles persuasion, as well as United States or anywhere in the Commonwealth, this overgrown book is a good starting place. As it turns out, Brewer was a writer, and there's no mention as to whether he was actually brewing stuff as well in his spare time. I'm a sucker for browsing books about the intertwining of history, folklore, legend and myth, and this is a great one. The name is slightly misleading as it covers a much wider range of information that just phrase and fable and I know that the name has put a couple of people off until they have opened it and been lost in interesting information for half an hour at a time! Granted reference books and mythology are two passions of mine, so this is always going to get me. 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. The entries -- ranging from Bedlam to Domesday Book to Micah Rood's Apples to Lutine Bell to Thule -- ride that nice middle ground of given enough information but also sparking your interest, half the time, to go off in search of more on the topic.
Now, how many of you have read by Terry Pratchett? Many of the entries do have roots in folklore, but others are much more recent. Life and literature are full of references to phrases and fables that I'm never totally sure of. What was the Cliveden set? It contains a wide range of useful information and backgrounds and it is almost impossible to go into for a single piece of information without getting distracted by something else that seems interesting and spending time reading well written and interesting information on a subject that you didn't even know you were interested in. I hav Five stars, even with some reservations. Or if you are looking for , we have the and. But that shouldn't stop you from getting your own physical copy.