The Facts on File Dictionary of Allusions

The Facts on File Dictionary of Allusions

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Alphabetically arranged entries explain approximately two thousand words and expressions from the Bible and from the mythology of the Greek, Roman, and Norse cultures among others.

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This volume nearly doubles an earlier one limited to classical and biblical allusions, drawing as well from Shakespeare, Norse and other mythology, literary texts, historical events, and popular culture including film and television. In addition to explaining what people usually mean when they use the word or phrase and its origin or possible origins, the articles provide an example of its use, a guide for pronouncing any but common English words, and often cross-references to other articles. There is no bibliography. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File

The Facts On File Dictionary of Allusions provides a comprehensive guide to allusions in the English language. Approximately 4,000 entries explore well-known events, places, people, and phenomena whose names have acquired linguistic significance, conveying a particular message beyond a mere reference to the objects referred to. Entries are drawn from a wide range of sources, including Shakespeare and the Bible; Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology; texts from literature through the ages; historical events; popular culture; and film and television. Individual entries contain pronunciation guides, definitions, examples, information on derived forms, and more. An index, guide to use, and cross-references round out this accessible dictionary.

Entries include:

  • Achilles' heel
  • Godzilla
  • Indiana Jones
  • Phoenix rising from the ashes
  • Svengali
  • and much more.

Publisher: New York, NY : Facts on File, c2009
ISBN: 9780816071050
Branch Call Number: 422.03 M317f
Characteristics: xii, 532 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pickering, David 1958-
Alternative Title: Allusions


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