John Ayto is a writer and lexicographer. He is the author (with Ian Crofton) of Brewer's Britain and Ireland. His other authorial credits include The Oxford Dictionary of Slang, The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins and Twentieth Century Words. He was a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Food. He lives in London.
"...a best-selling barometer of popular culture since Victorian
times"--The Sunday Times
"Every page contains some gem"--Daily Telegraph
"It is a liberal education simply to browse through it..."--The Augusta Chronicle
"It retains the serendipitous charm which has kept the book going for a century."--Times Literary Supplement