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Webarchive template wayback links Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references. On top of this, Brewer added notes on important historical figures and events, and other things which he thought would be of interest, such as Roman numerals.

For instance, a brewers dictionary of phrase and fable pdf download under the entry for John purported to show the bad luck associated with that name, ending “Certainly a disastrous list of Popes” despite several being described merely as “nonentities”. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This page was last edited on 13 Julyat A variety of spin-off editions has been published in the past, some straying quite far from the theme of ‘phrase and fable’, such as Brewer’s Breweds of Cinema and William Donaldson ‘s A-Z of ‘roguish Britons’, Brewer’s Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics This article needs additional citations for verification.

A revised and updated edition was published inshortly before Brewer died. Australian National Australian Oxford Macquarie.

The most recent version is the 19th edition, phrawe in August by Chambers Harrap Publishers. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Retrieved from ” https: The “Revised and Updated Edition” from the s is now in the public domainand web-based dicctionary are available online. Despite this inconsistency, however, the book was a huge success, providing information often not included in more traditional dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Views Read Edit View history. Some entries seem so trivial as to be hardly worth including, and others are almost definitely apocryphal. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fablepjrase referred to simply as Brewer’sis a reference work containing definitions and explanations of many famous phrases, allusions and figures, whether historical or mythical.

Brewers Dictionary Of Phrase And Fable

Although intended as a comprehensive reference work, early editions of Brewer’s are highly idiosyncratic, with certain editorial decisions highly suggestive of the author’s personal bias. Cobham Brewerit was aimed at the growing number of people who did not have a university education, but wanted to understand the origins of phrases and historical or literary allusions.

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The ‘phrase’ part of the title refers mainly to the explanation of various idioms and proverbs, while the ‘fable’ part might more accurately be labelled ‘ folklore ‘ and ranges from classical mythology to relatively recent literature.

Since then, it has been continually revised and reprinted, often In Facsimilewith the 15th edition being the first to make truly wide-scale changes to the content.

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