Covering over ten thousand phrases, including "bite the bullet," "take the cake," and "buy the farm," a reference on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.
The activity of women in American music from the 18th to 21st centuries. It describes hundreds of women composers, instrumentalists, conductors, orchestra and opera managers, music educators, and music patrons.
Praise for the previous edition: "...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..."—Library Journal "...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries..."—Booklist "The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended..."—Midwest Book Review "...an invaluable tool for writers and general readers."—Christian Library Journal The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clichés, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab. New entries include: "Don't go there" "Flavor of the month" "Ground zero" "Not so much" "Show me the money" "So yesterday" and more.
Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers explains the origins and usage of about 1,200 words and phrases from warfare. Arranged alphabetically, they range from ancient, such as Pyrrhic victory (279 B.C.) to modern (drone; I.E.D.). The book uses quotations from historical sources as well as previous research into wartime etymology for a concise, detailed and extensive examination of the words of war. It will appeal both to military history buffs and general readers interested in the history of words.