First printing of this English etymological dictionary of the 1940s, published in the final year of World War II under wartime production restrictions and with a number of sharply topical references scattered throughout.
CROWTHER'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF PHRASES AND ORIGINS
"MICKEY MOUSE. A popular little figure in cinema film cartoons, invented and drawn by Walt Disney.<br />But also the nickname given by the R.A.F. for the bomb-dropping mechanism of a bombing plane."
Collection of word and phrase origins for the reader "of ordinary means," with contemporary commentary of the war included: under "Aryan," the reader is reminded that Hitler's association of this term with the German people is an error; under "Monroe Doctrine," that "its terms were raised as late as 1940 as an argument why the U.S.A. should take no part in the war." Briefer than many slang dictionaries through deliberate selectivity, Radford includes "Only those words associated with some definite custom, or arising out of corrupted words of a past age, which present light on customs and conditions".
(London): John Crowther, 1945. 7.75'' x 5.5''. Original maroon cloth. Lacking dust jacket. Tan endpapers. 151,  pages. War-time production conforming to the "authorized economy standard." Extremities lightly bumped; a few small indentations and scuff marks to boards. Binding tight, interior unmarked.
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