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. Entries range from the derivation of well-known colloquial phrases to lengthy entries on figures from mythology, as well as origins of superstitions and beliefs. Bibliomania's include , , , and many other useful books. Anything that is 'knowledge', fun and a talking point just has to be good. 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.
Enter your search and choose your title from the drop-down menu. He was ordained as a deacon in 1836 and then as a priest in 1838. Every book lover should own a copy. Or where the phrase, 'to swing a cat' came from? It is not only a valuable source of previous century and old tales and reference, no this edition was updated to accommodate to new changes. He was also the author of A Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar, as well as A Dictionary of Miracles: Imitative, Realistic, and Dogmatic. For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our , and if you can''t find the answer there, please.
For instance, I could certainly have gotten through my entire life without knowing about the blue men of the Minch. I gave this copy to a colleague of mine, who was suitably impressed. Despite the fact that actually reading a dictionary from cover to cover is nigh impossible without getting sidetracked for at least a week or two, I'm actually having quite a blast. I had never heard of Brewers dictionaries, but came across the name while writing a review for another work. Praise for the Print Edition Dr.
A possible explanation is found here. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code. Various editions of this book are available online in digitized form. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a newer version to previous editions and I dare say much heavier. I ordered this used book 16th edition for a 1p. I might add that it has a great deal of Latin phrases which promotes learning of given subject.
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. Now, how many of you have read by Terry Pratchett? Consult Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, The Chambers Thesaurus 1996 or Chambers Biographical Dictionary 1997 edition with amendments. Christmas approaches; you could do worse for a curious loved one. Each page of Brewer's seems to have some gem like this. This seems strange to me, primarily because the entry on iPod, for instance, basically details the history of the company and the rise of the brand.
Is there nothing Pratchett doesn't know? 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. The current edition is a bit expensive so I opted for the earlier version. I'm trying to imagine the reader who doesn't know what these things are, and looks them up in a bound, printed dictionary. It's an invaluable reference work allowing you to look up with ease all those snippets of information that everyone else seems to be conversant with. 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. The added information that they are either kelpies or fallen angels, and are reputed to drag mariners to the bottom of the sea if they fail to answer questions in rhyming couplets in Gaelic, naturally , fills me with unutterable glee. The 19th edition includes information on crowdsourcing and cyberpunks which feature in very few fables I have heard! Granted reference books and mythology are two passions of mine, so this is always going to get me.
It is really a most useful volume, with the rare attraction in a book of reference of being thoroughly readable. But more than a reference book, it is a great read that will entertain and inform you. Before there was the internet any serious English major would have had a copy of Bartlett's on her shefl for reference. Why is Britain sometimes called Albion? That's where it Did you know that Aeschylus was killed by the fall of a tortoise on his bald head from the claws of an eagle in the air? Granted reference books and mythology are two passions of mine, so this is always going to get me. Its entries are wide-ranging, always informative, and often fun. Everyone should have it as a bathroom book.
The information given is most comprehensive, and is always succinctly presented. Russians say yekhat' v Tulu so svoim samovarom 'to go to Tula with one's own samovar'. I love to page though my copy, a water-stained paperback from the 80's that's missing a few pages. 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. I assume this is partly because the editors want each edition to be a time capsule. Brewer's is great for unknown unknowns.
Five stars, even with some reservations. I'm a sucker for browsing books about the intertwining of history, folklore, legend and myth, and this is a great one. 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. It is full of miscellaneous information, and would set up a clever talker for life at dinner and tea tables. What was the Cliveden set? This is a very good buy. Therefore, do not let the title fool you into thinking you don't need it.