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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable - The Oxford Reference Collection (Hardback)
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable - The Oxford Reference Collection (Hardback)
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable - The Oxford Reference Collection (Hardback)

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Hardback 816 Pages / Published: 29/09/2016
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This Dictionary is part of the Oxford Reference Collection: using sustainable print-on-demand technology to make the acclaimed backlist of the Oxford Reference programme perennially available in hardback format. What is a ham-and-egger? What are Anglo-Saxon attitudes? Who or what is liable to jump the shark? Who first tried to nail jelly to the wall? The answers to these and many more questions are in this fascinating book. Here in one volume you can track down the stories behind the names and sayings you meet, whether in classic literature or today's news. Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled bank of reference and language online resources, this dictionary covers classical and other mythologies, history, religion, folk customs, superstitions, science and technology, philosophy, and popular culture. Extensive cross referencing makes it easy to trace specific information, while every page points to further paths to explore. A fascinating slice of cultural history, and a browser's delight from start to finish. What is the fog of war? Who first wanted to spend more time with one's family? When was the Dreamtime? How long since the first cry of Women and children first? Where might you find dark matter? Would you want the Midas touch? Should you worry about grey goo?

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198800521
Number of pages: 816
Weight: 942 g
Dimensions: 207 x 137 x 49 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review from previous edition ground breaking * Writing Magazine Feb/March 2001 *
our reference book of the year * Sunday Herald (Glasgow) 17/12/00 *

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