Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
|Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
|Originally published in 1870 by the Reverend E. Cobham Brewer, it 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. 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. 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.
Giving the Derivation, Source, or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words That Have a Tale to Tell
NEW EDITION, REVISED, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED
PHILADELPHIA: HENRY ALTEMUS, 1898
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.