Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

by William Morris, Mary Morris
     
 

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The first Edition of the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins detailed the fascinating and little known stories behind thousands of words and phrases that we use every day. In this new edition, William and Mary Morris update and expand their classic work to keep pace with our ever changing language.

New entries include:

  • New trends

Overview

The first Edition of the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins detailed the fascinating and little known stories behind thousands of words and phrases that we use every day. In this new edition, William and Mary Morris update and expand their classic work to keep pace with our ever changing language.

New entries include:

  • New trends—crack, glitch, greenmail, Harrier attack airplanes
  • Foreign terms—falafel, geisha, jihad, paparazzi
  • People—batman, dead end kid, Dutch uncle, hatchet man, Young Turks
  • Given names—Chester, Edith, Jennifer and others
  • Food—Adam and Eve on a raft, alligator pear, grapefruit, Harriet Lane
  • Sports—box score, cheese champions, full court press
  • and many more

Throughout the Morris's present the histories of intriguing expressions in an eminently entertaining and readable fashion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060158620
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1988
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.97(d)

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Harvard Magazine
"A grand compendium of fascinating and little-known stories behind words and expressions we use every day, buttressed by the fine scholarship one would expect of these noted wordsmiths."

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