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Room, Adrian

Overview
Works: 107 works in 758 publications in 4 languages and 28,758 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Reference works  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Gazetteers  Biography‡vDictionaries  Sources 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Editor, Other, Composer, Author of introduction, Adapter
Classifications: PN43, 803
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Adrian Room
Brewer's dictionary of phrase and fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer( Book )

39 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and German and held by 2,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides 19,000 definitions of typical phrases and words and explains their historical origins
Placenames of the world : origins and meanings of the names for over 5000 natural features, countries, capitals, territories, cities, and historic sites by Adrian Room( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1997, the work in this new edition contains over 7,000 entries, including 1,000 new placenames from previously under-represented areas such as China and Japan. Entries cover natural features as well as manmade entities. Each entry includes the name of the feature; a brief description and its geographical location; and the origin of the name"--Provided by publisher
Brewer's dictionary of modern phrase & fable by John Ayto( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 1,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defines and explains over 8000 words, phrases, slogans, names, events, and titles of books, films and television programs commonly referred to in modern English
Place-name changes since 1900 : a world gazetteer by Adrian Room( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of trade name origins by Adrian Room( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of pseudonyms by Adrian Room( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of pseudonyms : 11,000 assumed names and their origins by Adrian Room( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present volume is a radically revised and enlarged edition, with over 2,000 new entries for a total of 11,000 and a new introduction. New or expanded information has been added to many of the entries. A new appendix is devoted to terms relating to pseudonymous and changed names. More emphasis has been put on the change of an individual's first name, as well as his or her surname. Arranged by pseudonym, the entries give the true name, vital dates, country of origin or settlement, and profession. Many entries include the story behind the person's name change."--Jacket
Room's Classical dictionary : the origins of the names of characters in classical mythology by Adrian Room( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cassell's foreign words and phrases by Adrian Room( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"English is packed with words and phrases gleaned from other tongues, both ancient and modern. Adopted to fill gaps in homegrown thought and expression, they have become an essential part of the language, their numbers constantly swelled by a steady flow of new terms and concepts, issuing from every part of the world." "Cassell's Foreign Words and Phrases provides a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this mix of foreign imports. Containing over 5000 separate entries, it goes far beyond the partial coverage provided by conventional dictionaries to review in detail a vast range of everyday vocabulary, specialist terms and colloquial expressions. In each case a clear definition is given, with a simple guide to pronunciation and details of the language and date of origin. Where appropriate, original spellings and literal meanings are also listed and frequent notes provide an interesting insight into a specific expression's historical or linguistic context" "This is an essential reference volume for anyone with an enthusiasm for words, and it forms an invaluable supplement to standard English dictionaries and glossaries."--Jacket
Dictionary of confusable words by Adrian Room( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English language has several words that are not only similar in meaning but similar in spelling or pronunciation. As a result, we are liable to use the wrong word in place of the right one and to regard all words of this type with uncertainty. This book aims to clear up the confusion in such cases
Naming names : stories of pseudonyms and name changes with a who's who by Adrian Room( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in 3 languages and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dictionary of pseudonyms and their origins, with stories of name changes by Adrian Room( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and German and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identifies the real persons behind over for thousand pseudonyms, and explains why people change their names, as well as how they arrive at a new name
Dictionary of first names by Adrian Room( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers information on over 2000 names in contemporary use in the English-speaking world, explaining what each name means, where it comes from, and lists famous and noteworthy people who share each name
Dictionary of changes in meaning by Adrian Room( Book )

12 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who's who in classical mythology by Adrian Room( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features over 1,200 entries detailing the origins and meanings of Greek and Roman names, arranged alphabetically, and including illustrations and a complete bibliography
Dictionary of confusing words and meanings by Adrian Room( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new-style dictionary that sorts out those annoying words, alike in sound and related in meaning, that so frequently get misused and confused. Covering a wide range of words, this dictionary lists approximately 800 pairs or larger groups of confusibles, also giving examples of their correct, and sometimes incorrect, usage and, in many cases, an explanation of their origin. An introduction explains how a confusible arises, and an Appendix lists many of the prefixes and suffixes that, in more than a few words, serve only to compound the confusion. In short, this dictionary seeks to define, distinguish and differentiate. It is felt, too, that it will distract, divert and even delight
NTC's dictionary of word origins by Adrian Room( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive reference to the origins of nearly 1200 words used in the English language
A dictionary of music titles : the origins of the names and titles of 3,500 musical compositions by Adrian Room( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literaturverz. S. 291 - 292
Place-name changes 1900-1991 by Adrian Room( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A concise dictionary of modern place-names in Great Britain and Ireland by Adrian Room( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Brewer's dictionary of phrase and fable
Alternative Names
Adrian Room British toponymist

Rum, A. R. U.

Rum, A. R. U. (Adrian R. U.)

Rum, Adrian R. U.

Рум, Адриан Р. У.

Languages
English (294)

German (2)

French (2)

Spanish (1)

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Placenames of the world : origins and meanings of the names for over 5000 natural features, countries, capitals, territories, cities, and historic sitesBrewer's dictionary of modern phrase & fableDictionary of trade name originsDictionary of pseudonymsDictionary of pseudonyms : 11,000 assumed names and their originsCassell's foreign words and phrasesDictionary of confusable wordsA dictionary of pseudonyms and their origins, with stories of name changes