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Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins
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Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date February 1, 1988
Pages 669
Binding Hardcover
Edition 2 sub
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060158620
ISBN-10 006015862X
Dimensions 2 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $38.00
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Contains explanations of the origins and meanings of words and expressions used today
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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--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.

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9780060158620 | details & prices | 669 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 2.00 in. | 2.35 lbs | List price $38.00
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