Posted by Bob on June 13, 2000
In Reply to: Word & phrase origin books posted by ESC on June 12, 2000
: There are several good books that give phrase and word origins. And I am determined to own them all! Here are a few of my favorites:
: "A Hog on Ice" (1948, Harper & Row) by Charles Earle Funk. This is one in a series of four books by Mr. Funk now available in one volume.
: "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).
: "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
: "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Fact on File, New York, 1997)
: "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982) or any other book by Mr. Flexner.
: "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994. And, of course H-O.
: Does anyone have other titles to add? I have no shelf space left but I'm always looking for new books to acquire.
The OED. It took ten years of hints before my family bought me one for Xmas.