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Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 36 words.

A comedy film (1979) starring Dudley Moore as a sexually obsessed middle-aged composer who marks his girls 1

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1984

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 215 words.

A year of the 20th century long regarded as apocalyptic and entered as such in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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24/7

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 58 words.

Every day; all the time. The reference is to something that occurs or is available 24 hours a day, seven

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4′ 33′′

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 96 words.

A controversial and certainly unusual work by the US composer John Cage (1912–92), scored for any instrument or

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404

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 31 words.

A slang term for someone who is clueless. It derives from the World Wide Web error message ‘404 not found’,

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42

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 7 words.

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4×4

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 98 words.

Shorthand for ‘four by four’, as a colloquialism for a four-wheel drive vehicle, i.e. one that provides power directly from

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7/7

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 153 words.

The designation given by the press to the London bombings of 7 July 2005, on the model of 9/11

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7:84

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 55 words.

A radical touring theatre company founded in 1971 by the left-wing British playwright John McGrath (1935–2002). The name

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9/11

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; published online January 2011.

Reference Entry. Subjects: history of English. 219 words.

The predominant shorthand way of referring to September 11 2001, the day on which Al-Qaida launched airborne attacks on the

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