'...there's never a dull moment to be had with this great, daft, pointless, wonderful brick of a book' - Amazon.co.uk 'John Ayto has done a brilliant job bringing our phrase and fable right up to date' - Daily Express First published in 1870, Ebenezer Bobham Brewer's treasury of 'words that tell a story' is one of the world's best-loved reference books. At the heart of the dictionary lie entries on the meaning and origin of a vast range of words and expressions, from everyday English phrases to Latin tags. For the 17th edition, new editor John Ayto has revised and updated the existing text and added 1500 new articles, including words and phrases (Al-Qaeda, 9/ll), characters, places (and monsters) from fantasy literature (including The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter), famous political and sporting nicknames (Butcher of Baghdad, Goldenballs) and continuing the century-old Brewer's practice of recording unexpected and fascinating information not available in other reference books - 'list entries' as diverse as misattributed quotations, first lines of novels, 'etymologies of group names and French/Spanish/German/Italian idioms.
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New entries include: *words and phrases (bling, where the bodies are buried); *characters and places from fantasy literature and film - including The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter (Gollum, Hogwarts, Obi-Wan Kenobi); *political, celebrity and sporting nicknames (Butcher of Baghdad, Chemical Ali, Forces' sweetheart; *miscellaneous arcana (Chorasmian Waste, dilligrout, flummadiddle)
John Ayto is a writer and lexicographer and his authorial credits include The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang and the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins.