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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.