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Room, Adrian

Overview
Works: 110 works in 901 publications in 4 languages and 30,072 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Reference works  Gazetteers  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Fables  Controlled vocabularies  Biography‡vDictionaries  Sources 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Editor, Other, 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 2,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... this treasury of 'words that have a tale to tell' has established itself as one of the great reference classics -- the first port of call for tens of thousands of terms, phrases, and proper names and a fund of fascinating, unusual and out-of-the-way information ... For the 16th edition of 'Brewer's' the entire existing text has been revised and updated and over 1000 new articles added. These include: recent expressions (the full monty, couch potato, hit the ground running, Montezuma's revenge); recent events and organizations (Black Wednesday, Taliban); famous nicknames (Fab Four); historical and fictional characters (Attila the Hun, Anne Frank). Brand-new articles on hurricane names, celebrated place-names in literature, and frequently mispronounced words continue the century-old 'Brewer's' practice of recording unexpected and fascinating information that is not available in other general reference books." " ... Gives the meanings of a broad range of terms, expressions, and names of real, fictitious and mythical characters from world history, science, the arts and literature." NY Public Libr. Ref Books for Child Collect. 2d ed
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 1,300 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 1,277 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 )

30 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and held by 1,175 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 )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,103 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 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of trade name origins by Adrian Room( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 984 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 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meaning behind the mythological names in Romand and Greek mythology
Dictionary of confusable words by Adrian Room( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 657 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
Cassell's foreign words and phrases by Adrian Room( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 656 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
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 615 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 607 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 583 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 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of first names by Adrian Room( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does the name David actually mean? When did Kylie become a popular girl's name? Which famous literary and historical figures have shared the name Diana? Is Rick a shortened form of Richard, Derek, Frederick - or perhaps all three? This dictionary answers all these and many other questions
Alternate names of places : a worldwide dictionary by Adrian Room( )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 534 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"--Provided by publisher
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 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literaturverz. S. 291 - 292
Dictionary of confusing words and meanings by Adrian Room( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 528 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 )

16 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive reference to the origins of nearly 1,200 words used in the English language
 
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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 (327)

German (2)

Spanish (1)

French (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 & fableCassell dictionary of proper namesDictionary of pseudonyms : 11,000 assumed names and their originsDictionary of trade name originsDictionary of pseudonymsDictionary of confusable wordsCassell's foreign words and phrases