By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

"Allen's Dictionary of English words" is the main accomplished survey of this zone of the English language ever undertaken. taking on 6000 words, it explains their which means, explores their improvement and provides citations that variety from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, this e-book is choked with memorable and wonderful element, no matter if exhibiting that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in Nineteen Forties American ice cream advertising, or perhaps that we have been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. "Allen's Dictionary of English words" is a part of the "Penguin Reference Library" and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy, invaluable and transparent details to hundreds of thousands of readers all over the world - making wisdom everybody's estate.

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Usually said with reference to an individual’s strange or unusual liking or appetite. It is a version of the Latin tag de gustibus non est disputandum ‘there is no disputing about tastes’, which is found in English literary contexts from the 16th cent. The phrase is susceptible to variation and extended uses. 18th cent. Ann Radcliffe The Mysteries of Udolpho 1794 I have often thought the people he disapproved were much more agreeable than those he admired; – but there is no accounting for tastes.

Action actions speak louder than words (proverb) it’s what people do that matters, not what they say they will do. 17th cent. Hannah Foster The Coquette 1797 I go on finely with my amour. I have every encouragement that I could wish. Indeed my fair one does not verbally declare in my favor; but then, according to the vulgar proverb, that actions speak louder than words, I have no reason to complain. action stations a state of readiness: originally (in singular and plural) the positions taken by a military force preparing for military action.

But the water did not cover the heel by which she held him, and it was in this spot that he was fatally wounded by an arrow fired by the Trojan Paris. Early figurative uses of the phrase (which is surprisingly recent) referred to Ireland in relation to Britain (Coleridge) and divorce in relation to marriage (G B Shaw). It was deplored by George Orwell in 1946 as a ‘lump of verbal refuse’: see the acid test. The Achilles’ tendon, which connects the heel and calf, carries the same allusion. 19th cent.

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