Author(s): Camilla Rockwood (ed.)
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.The sheer scope of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, together with its delightful mix of scholarship and eccentricity, makes it a must for every 21st-century bookshelf.Brewer's. Take the scenic route to knowledge.
An idiosyncratic adventure, pulling you in and saying: "this is, in fact, not what you werelooking for; but it's much more interesting." -- Terry Pratchett Of all the dictionaries in the world [Brewer's] is the most like a treasure-hunt, where one phrase leads to another, and that to a third, and before you know what's happened, it's time for lunch. -- Philip Pullman Brewer's head-words are so enticing and his definitions so eloquent that it's impossible to stop at one. An addiction may develop. -- Carol Rumens, The Independent 20080912