The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

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Explains the origins of thousands of words, proverbs, idioms, foreign language expressions, animal and plant names, and nicknames.

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This alphabetically arranged reference contains the definitions and Origins of more than 12,500 words and expressions, such as slang words, proverbs, nicknames, and phrases from literature. Also included is a selection of words and phrases that originated in English-speaking countries other than the U.S. and Great Britain. The third edition features approximately 3,500 new entries. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Updated and expanded, The Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Third Edition features definitions and origins of more than 12,500 words and expressions, making it the most comprehensive single-volume reference of its kind. This collection traces the development of slang words, proverbs, animal and plant names, place-names, nicknames, historical expressions, foreign-language expressions, and phrases from literature. With approximately 3,500 new entries, ranging from "Axis of Evil" to "Zoot Suit Riots," this comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia engages word lovers and researchers and serves as an invaluable reference tool for all students of language and literature.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2004
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780816048137
Branch Call Number: 422.03 H384f, 2004
Characteristics: vii, 822 p. ; 29 cm


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