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- DK Publishing 2008; US$ 14.95
Get ready to chew the fat. This engaging, humorous new book explains the not-so-common origins of such commonly used phrases as "apple-pie order," "chew the fat," and "hat trick." Presented in a fun, easy-to-read style, it provides entertaining insight on metaphorical phrases, weird words, and strange expressions and takes readers on a journey through... more...
- Ulysses Press 2009; US$ 16.95
ENJOY EVERY WORD OF HARRY?S ADVENTURE LEARN 1,000s OF NEW VOCABULARY WORDS The Harry Potter series takes readers on the greatest literary adventure of all time. However, as young readers tear through the seven books, they encounter thousands of new words. What should they do when facing an unknown word? Skip over it and miss that bit of the... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 18.99
The technological realm provides an unusually active laboratory not only for new ideas and products but also for the remarkable linguistic innovations that accompany and describe them. How else would words like qubit (a unit of quantum information), crowdsourcing (outsourcing to the masses), or in vitro meat (chicken and beef grown in an industrial... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 8.99
An entertaining and informative book about the fashion and fads of language Today?s 18-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, where the term ?stuck in a groove? comes from, why 1984 was a year unlike any other, how big a bread box is, how to get to Peyton Place, or what the term Watergate refers to. I Love It When You Talk Retro ... more...
- Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 13.95
Let's "cut to the chase" and "make no bones about it"-this book will have you "pleased as punch." Sowing your wild oats, throwing in the towel, painting the town red...Harry Oliver reveals the fascinating stories behind these and other strange turns of phrase steeped in the weird and wonderful history and traditions of everyday life. From quirky... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 14.99
Ali G: How many words does you know? Noam Chomsky: Normally, humans, by maturity, have tens of thousands of them. Ali G: What is some of 'em? ?Da Ali G Show Did you know that both mammal and matter derive from baby talk? Have you noticed how wince makes you wince? Ever wonder why so many h-words have to do with breath? ... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 6.99
Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. Now she's turning her attention to improving our vocabulary?one word at a time?with Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know . Not... more...
- Sourcebooks, Inc. 2011; US$ 8.99
Here are the 250 most important words students need to know to be successful in college and beyond, from the former education editor of the New York Times and a leading authority on college admissions. Each entry contains information on the word origin, a complete definition, and example sentences, making it both the perfect gift for high school graduation... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available
Can anything be described as 'very real'? There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise ('accurate'?) English ('english'?) that it is a wonder ('wander'?) anyone ('any one' or 'anyone'?) can be understood. Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at... more...