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- 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 discusses... 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 sure... 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 2009; Not Available
Long-time word-detective and bestselling author of Port Out, Starboard Home , Michael Quinion brings us the answers to nearly two hundred of the most intriguing questions he's been asked about language over the years. Sent to him by enquiring readers from all around the globe, Michael's answers about the meanings and histories behind the quirky... 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...
- Scribner 2007; Not Available
SAY CHIC ... C'est magnifique! Ever wonder why some French words have become so common in English as to be clichés ? Or why your witty repartee wouldn't be quite so witty without them? In Say Chic , Françoise Blanchard and Jeremy Leven collect more than seventy familiar French words and phrases that have become a permanent part of the... more...
- Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 27.26
Written with charm and quaint wit, this study embarks on a voyage of discovery among the words that once peppered the language of baby boomers and their parents to discover why they seem to be slipping from common use. Why is it that people don't say cheerio any more? Why did they in the first place? Do people still tinker with jalopies? And... more...