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Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins , Fourth Edition (paperback)
Definitions and Origins of More Than 12,500 Words and Expressions

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Definitions and Origins of More Than 12,500 Words and Expressions

Author: Robert Hendrickson

Specifications: Index. Cross-references. 960 Pages. 8 1/2 x 11.

Reviews: Of Third Edition: "Approximately 3,500 new entries have been added...will be most appreciated by historians, researchers, and crossword puzzle enthusiasts and is appropriate for all types of libraries." - Library Journal

"This marvelous reference has grown by about a third from its predecessor...Hendrickson�s book will appeal to researchers, and with its broad range and scope, word lovers are likely to become addicted—it is hard to read just one...having [this information] in one book is hard to beat." - American Reference Books Annual

"...couple[s] etymology with humor...recommended...High-school, undergraduate, and public libraries that have the previous editions may want to update them." - Booklist

"...diverse...highly readable...Linguists, historians, and word connoisseurs will appreciate this resource, and it will add value to any collection supporting language studies...Highly recommended." - Choice

Praise for the previous editions:

"A feast for phrase detectives...that will enliven debates and illuminate issues." - William Safire

"...recommended for large public and academic libraries that serve the curious as well as the scholarly." - Choice

"...roughly triple the greatest number [of entries] in any previous collection of its kind." - Reference & Research Book News

"...language lovers will romp among its pages with as much excitement as a cat rolling in catnip." - Reference Reviews on www.gale.com

"...provides a winner to any who want a comprehensive coverage more in-depth than most casual lay treatments. This A-Z collection includes slang, proverbs, animal and place names and historical expressions under one cover, making an invaluable reference for students of language." - Midwest Book Review

"Clear and easy to read...provides a wealth of background material for anyone interested in words and languages." - Calliope

An updated and expanded edition, The Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Third Edition contains definitions and origins of more than 12,500 words and expressions, making it the most comprehensive single-volume reference of its kind. Anecdotes and information on the development of a wide range of words, including slang, proverbs, animal and plant names, place names, nicknames, historical expressions, foreign language expressions, and phrases from literature, are included. The emphasis throughout is on words and expressions whose origins are not adequately explained, or not addressed at all, in standard dictionaries. With approximately 3,500 new entries, this appealing encyclopedia will engage word lovers and researchers alike.

New entries include:

  • All the world’s a stage
  • Axis; Allies; Axis of Evil
  • Black dog
  • Bollywood
  • Icebound
  • Infracaninophile
  • A Jones
  • Juvenalian
  • Kafkaesque
  • Karaoke
  • Kept woman
  • Larrikin
  • Let’s roll!
  • Limburger
  • Nightcap
  • No dice
  • Old fuddy duddy
  • Peep walk
  • Rap music; flyting
  • Royal we.




About the Author(s): Robert Hendrickson is the author of more than 25 books, including two previous editions of Word and Phrase Origins and The Facts On File Dictionary of American Regionalisms. He lives in Peconic, NY.


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