"....The current work, ably edited by prolific lexicographer Room...borrows the style and approach of the original dictionary but focuses on material from the 20th to the 21st centuries....this approachable work contains more than 8,000 entries....required by all meaningful reference collections."--Library Journal. "...includes colloquialisms, idioms, catchphrases, slang expressions, acronyms, trade names, organizations, events, fictional characters, and titles of films, plays, novels, television programs, and works of art....a valuable record of 20th century words, expressions, and cultural allusions."--Booklist.
From “American Express” to “American Psycho”, the “Zapata moustache” to the “Zinoviev letter”, take an up-to-date look at the diverse and entertaining linguistic landscape of our culture. Here, deftly defined and intriguingly displayed, are thousands of words, phrases, slogans, names, events, and titles of songs, books, films, and TV programs that resonate with English-speaking people everywhere. “Peerless...Brewer’s has kept ahead of the game by compiling this marvelous compendium....It has captured the flavor of the past 100 years.”—The Times