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Room, Adrian

Overview
Works: 108 works in 907 publications in 4 languages and 29,897 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Reference works  Gazetteers  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Fables  Controlled vocabularies  Biography‡vDictionaries  Sources 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Editor, Other, Translator, Composer, Author of introduction, Adapter
Classifications: PN43, 803
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Most widely held works by Adrian Room
Brewer's dictionary of phrase and fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer( Book )

47 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and German and held by 2,284 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 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origins and meanings of the place-names of more than 5,000 countries, cities, regions, and other geographic features worldwide form the main part of this reference work. A very informative introduction considers the basic principles of place-name study, the classification of place-names, naming patterns, and the presentation and arrangement of entries in this volume. Each entry, arranged alphabetically, has three elements: the name; identifier of the name, such as town, city, river, island; and origin of the name and its meaning. Occasionally a pronunciation guide is provided. Cross-references refer to similar names, former names, or forms of current names; for example, Kampuchea see Cambodia; Leningrad see St. Petersburg; Peking see Beijing. The author notes that 'the purpose of the present book is not primarily to serve as a (literally) politically correct gazetteer but to present the origins and meanings of geographical names. Hence the general preference for the traditional or conventional form.' Following the main selection of the book are two glossaries, seven appendixes, and a select bibliography. The glossaries consist of a guide to the many languages cited in the entries, and 'Non-English Language Placename Components, ' such as band, which denotes mountain range in Persian, and berg, which means mountain in Dutch, German, Norwegian, and Swedish. The appendixes, a gold mine of trivia, comprise 'Indigenous Country Names, ' 'Roman Names of Towns and Cities, ' 'Bilingual Placenames' (for example, the Welsh and English names for places in Wales), 'Coastal Touristic Names, ' 'Inhabitants of Towns and Cities' (people from Cambridge, England, are called Cantabrigians), 'Canting Civic Coats-of-Arms' (lists of cities whose coats-of-arms refer to their names), and 'Words from Names.' Works in French, German, Polish, and Russian (with titles translated into English) are included in the bibliography. The majority of titles in English are published in the British Isles. Adrian Room, a notable toponymist, maintains the high standards of his other books on place-names and word origins. This book updates his earlier Place-Names of the World: A Dictionary of Their Origins and Backgrounds RBB S 1 88, which, with approximately 1,000 entries, is much more limited in focus. The new work is an easy-to-use, straightforward, useful reference source for public and school libraries. ; 441p work is an easy-to-use, straightforward, useful reference source for public and school libraries. ; 441p-
Brewer's dictionary of modern phrase & fable by John Ayto( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,270 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
Cassell dictionary of proper names by Adrian Room( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the origins and meanings of thousands of names, including personal, geographical, mythological, trade, and fictitious names
Dictionary of pseudonyms : 11,000 assumed names and their origins by Adrian Room( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,101 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
Place-name changes since 1900 : a world gazetteer by Adrian Room( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of trade name origins by Adrian Room( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This illustrated dictionary gives the stories behind over 700 everyday trade names, some of them internationally famous, from home medicines to everyday foods and drinks, and from High Street stores and shops to makes and models of cars, trucks and aircraft. An introduction explains how trade names are devised, and examines the linguistic and legal pitfalls of the process. Appendices consider special aspects of trade names creation."--Jacket
Dictionary of pseudonyms by Adrian Room( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides the changed names of over 8,000 people, along with vital dates, country of origin or settlement, and profession. Many entries include the story behind the person's name change. Introductory chapters look at various aspects of names and pseudonyms, covering topics such as: "Why Another Name?" "Names for a Living," and "Invented Names." c. Book News Inc
Room's Classical dictionary : the origins of the names of characters in classical mythology by Adrian Room( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meaning behind the mythological names in Romand and Greek mythology
Cassell's foreign words and phrases by Adrian Room( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 653 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 )

13 editions published in 1981 in 3 languages and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

26 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and German and held by 603 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
Who's who in classical mythology by Adrian Room( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 578 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 changes in meaning by Adrian Room( Book )

13 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternate names of places : a worldwide dictionary by Adrian Room( )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This type of geographical dictionary lists past and present alternate names of more than 7,000 places. It focuses on placenames with official or semiofficial status rather than nicknames or colloquial abbreviations. It comments on names and their origins where appropriate. Appendices focus on placenames in non-English languages and on places which have been renamed in fictional works"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Dictionary of confusing words and meanings by Adrian Room( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 527 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
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 held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literaturverz. S. 291 - 292
NTC's dictionary of word origins by Adrian Room( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive reference to the origins of nearly 1,200 words used in the English language
A dictionary of art titles : the origins of the names and titles of 3,000 works of art by Adrian Room( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The titles of many art works are descriptive, naming the persons or scenes depicted. But close your eyes and picture L.H.O.O.Q., Tomorrow Is Never, or The Unthinkable. Suddenly the world of art is a more mysterious place, full of titles that evoke only questions (No Walk Today - why not? The Discovery - of what?)." "Some of those questions can be answered by looking at the works themselves. Other answers require some background in history or religion, or a knowledge of the artist's life."
 
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Brewer's dictionary of phrase and fable
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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 & fableCassell dictionary of proper namesDictionary of pseudonyms : 11,000 assumed names and their originsDictionary of trade name originsDictionary of pseudonymsCassell's foreign words and phrasesDictionary of confusable words
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 (339)

German (2)

Spanish (1)

French (1)