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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable   Reference library

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable is dedicated to the history, culture, and mythology of the Emerald Isle. With a stunningly eclectic array of more than 6,000 ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable   Reference library

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
From the Bloomsbury Group to the Camberwell Carrot and Samuel Johnson to Boris Johnson, Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable shines a welcome light into the enticingly shadowy ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)   Reference library

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
With thousands of contemporary words and phrases and a wide selection of entries on the cultural preoccupations of our times, Brewer’s Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable is an invaluable ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
1.34 million words
Illustration(s):
10
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and ... More
Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
Length:
472,200 words
Illustration(s):
10
Based on the acclaimed Oxford Companion to the English Language, this is the most compact, authoritative, and up-to-date source of information about the English language. With ... More
A Dictionary of Abbreviations

A Dictionary of Abbreviations   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Encyclopedias, Language reference
Length:
583,619 words
This online-only Dictionary of Abbreviations, exclusive to Oxford Reference Online, includes over 100,000 abbreviations and acronyms in alphabetical and numerical order, including the ... More
A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms

A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms (5 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
352,696 words
Over 3,400 entries A revealing guide to the richness and colour of the Australian language, this fascinating work records a distinctive, inventive slang ... More
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
551,775 words
Illustration(s):
17
The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric is a comprehensive survey of one of the Western world's oldest disciplines. Its 150 entries, written by leading scholars, bring together expertise in classical ... More
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
507,350 words
Based on The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, the principal authority on the origin and development of English words, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology contains a wealth of ... More
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
"Anyone who is addicted to the richness of the English language or simply intrigued by the origin and meaning of an idiom like ‘teach your grandmother to suck eggs’ will ... More
A New Dictionary of Eponyms

A New Dictionary of Eponyms   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
102,130 words
This dictionary features the entertaining histories behind hundreds of eponyms, such as bowdlerize (from the censorious Thomas Bowdler), bikini from the atoll, and the Salisbury steak, a ... More
Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
349,187 words
Over 4,500 entries ‘offers impeccable advice’ - Sally Baker, The Times This invaluable quick-reference work, based on the latest edition of the ... More
Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
641,546 words
Illustration(s):
2
‘offers impeccable advice’ – The Times Over 6,000 entries This world-famous guide to the English language has been cherished and consulted by ... More
Garner’s Modern English Usage

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
854,716 words
Over 6000 entries With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of Garner’s Modern English Usage reflects usage ... More
Green's Dictionary of Slang

Green's Dictionary of Slang   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
10.58 million words
Green’s Dictionary of Slang is an unprecedented 10.3 million-word collection of the impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
276,587 words
"Hours of happy browsing for language lovers" – Observer Drawing on the unique resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and offering coverage of over ... More
The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors

The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Language reference, Writing and Editing Guides
Length:
186,150 words
Illustration(s):
23
This dictionary provides scientists, science writers, and all who work in scientific publishing with a clear style guide for the presentation of scientific information. In over 9,700 ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
195,020 words
What is the singular of 'paparazzi'? Is 'graffiti' singular or plural? Should I say 'empathic' or 'empathetic'? What is the correct pronunciation of 'concierge'? In this book of ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
139,573 words
Illustration(s):
1
Over 1,600 entries A straightforward and accessible A-Z guide to the diverse and often complex terminology of English grammar. Includes clear and concise definitions which are ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms

The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
217,904 words
Over 6,000 entries A landmark contribution to New Zealand English, The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms collects distinctive New Zealand words and ... More
Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
‘brilliantly arranged … I recommend it without hesitation to all students of the English language and lovers of literature, as well as to pedants, crossword fanatics and those ... More
The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
265,368 words
This comprehensive reference includes detailed information on the spelling, history, and usage of thousands of foreign words and phrases used by English speakers. There are words from more ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
‘ground-breaking’, Writing Magazine This authoritative dictionary draws on Oxford's unrivalled bank of reference and language resources in order to explore ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
193,990 words
Allusions form a colourful extension to the English language, drawing on our collective knowledge of literature, mythology, and the Bible to give us a literary shorthand for describing ... More
New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
8.33 million words
"this is a well-researched and comprehensive reference work, but something more besides; there is a remarkable textual richness here which can offer new, original and ... More
Encyclopedia of Semiotics

Encyclopedia of Semiotics   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
469,278 words
Illustration(s):
25
The Encyclopedia of Semiotics is a comprehensive reference guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies. Three hundred entries by leading scholars in a ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
308,553 words
"A treasure (from the Greek ‘thesauros’, treasure, store or storehouse) trove (past participle of an Anglo-Norman verb meaning ‘to find’) of verbal wonders" – William ... More

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