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- Michael O'Mara 2014; US$ 9.99
Ever wanted to ameliorate your atavistic lexicon, engage in a little intellectual badinage or been discombobulated by tricky diction? 500 Words You Should Know has you covered.Words are beautiful and versatile things, but when used incorrectly they can lose a lot in transition, and the more complex the word, the more misused it can become. And as words... more...
- Michael O' Mara Books 2011; US$ 2.99
The rhetorical question is one of those grammatical quirks that just doesn't seem to have any logic to it: a question that doesn't require an answer - what kind of question is that? This book contains answers to questions such as: How long is a piece of string? Whose life is it anyway? How much is that doggy in the window? How soon is now? more...
- Michael O' Mara Books 2011; US$ 9.99
Proverbs are short, well-known, pithy sayings that offer advice or words of encouragement and are used in everyday English without much thought ever being given to their meanings, or indeed, usefulness. This book explores the truth behind our favourite proverbs, their history and whether they offer any genuine help to the recipient. more...
- Michael O'Mara 2013; US$ 9.99
Would you be down in the dumps if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, it was all Greek to you? Let's not beat about the bush: the English language is littered with linguistic quirks, which, out of context, seem completely peculiar. If you can't quite cut the mustard, this book will explain how on earth 'off the cuff' came to express improvisation,... more...
- Michael O' Mara Books 2012; US$ 9.99
Don't know Heracles from Herodotus? Many of us wish that we could fill in the gaps in our education in order to avoid those embarrassing situations when we feel as if we don't know things that others do. This title provides readers with the opportunity to learn really useful stuff that was never taught in mainstream education. more...
- Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 20.78
Take a journey down winding lanes and Roman roads in this witty and informative guide to the meanings behind the names of England's towns and villages. From Celtic farmers to Norman conquerors, right up to the Industrial Revolution, deciphering our place names reveals how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped, and how... more...
- Ebury Publishing 2012; US$ 17.58
Ever wondered if Cheapside really is cheap, what you do in Threadneedle Street, or who the knights of Knightsbridge were? Did you know that Piccadilly is actually an insult? And that Euston Road was built because there were too many cows on Oxford Street? Or that the River Fleet was covered over partly because of a drunken butcher? Take a trip... more...
- Michael O' Mara Books 2010; US$ 9.99
Suitable for parents who wish to teach their children and for those who would like to learn or relearn the facts themselves, this title includes: Latin and Greek; logic and philosophy; natural sciences; art and architecture; poetry and drama; and, history and classical literature. more...