Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Hardcover | August 29, 2005

byElizabeth Knowles

not yet rated|write a review
What is a ham-and-egger?What are Anglo-Saxon attitudes?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. This authoritative dictionary draws on Oxford's unrivalled bank of reference and languageonline resources to cover 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.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?

Pricing and Purchase Info

$50.42 online
$59.95 list price (save 15%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

What is a ham-and-egger?What are Anglo-Saxon attitudes?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. This authoritative dictionary...

Elizabeth Knowles is Publishing Manager for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She is editor of the current 6th edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

other books by Elizabeth Knowles

Famous Voyagers And Explorers.
Famous Voyagers And Explorers.

Paperback|Mar 26 2011

$30.75 online$32.95list price(save 6%)
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Kobo ebook|Oct 12 2006

$13.89 online$17.99list price(save 22%)
How to Read a Word
How to Read a Word

Kobo ebook|Oct 28 2010

$10.09 online$12.99list price(save 22%)
see all books by Elizabeth Knowles
Format:HardcoverDimensions:806 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.8 inPublished:August 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198609817

ISBN - 13:9780198609810

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

`ground-breaking'Writing Magazine, Feb/March 2001