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256 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198766759

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'And I quote...'

A history of using other people's words

Elizabeth Knowles

  • An accessible account of an area of language in which we all have an interest: as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, 'we all quote.'
  • Elizabeth Knowles is the former editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, an experienced historical lexicographer and quotation dictionary compiler.
  • Examines a rich diversity of quotations in today's language to explore how we find, use, and choose quotations.
  • Individual quotation 'stories' map out a variety of paths by which quotations have embedded themselves in the language, with possible sources ranging from the earliest dictionaries of quotations to the online world we experience today.