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  • Foolproof Spelling: Flashby Elspeth Summers

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; US$ 5.99

    The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Foolproof Spelling is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning the basic principles of correct spelling in a few short steps. Whether to brush up on writing skills, do better... more...

  • The Elements of Eloquenceby Mark Forsyth

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 9.99

    From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase?such as ?O Captain! My Captain!? or ?To be or not to be??memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write... more...

  • Anonyponymousby John Bemelmans Marciano; John Bemelmans Marciano

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    Eponymous, adj. Giving one's name to a person, place, or thing. Anonymous, adj. Anonymous. Anonyponymous, adj. Anonymous and eponymous. The Earl of Sandwich, fond of salted beef and paired slices of toast, found a novel way to eat them all together. Etienne de Silhouette, a former French finance minister, was so notoriously cheap that... more...

  • Is That a Word?by David Bukszpan; Dave Hopkins

    Chronicle Books LLC 2012; US$ 14.99

    Scrabble® aficionados may know that both "Brr" and "Brrr" are legitimate plays, but what about everyday names like Peter, Carl, and Marge? They're not listed as proper nouns, but they are certainly playable. For lovers of Scrabble®, Bananagrams®, and Words with Friends®, this lively guide helps readers make the most out of word games, packed with new... more...

  • Hot for Wordsby Marina Orlova

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Brilliant philologist and sexy YouTube sensation Marina Orlova is Hot For Words ?and you will be too when you join her on a titillating journey through the origins and meanings of words and phrases. Combining fascinating philology and etymology with provocative, full-colored photos of the alluring author, Hot For Words makes intelligence almost... more...

  • It's Been Said Beforeby Orin Hargraves

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 16.99

    Careful writers and speakers agree that cliches are generally to be avoided. However, nearly all of us continue to use them. Why do they persist in our language? In It's Been Said Before, lexicographer Orin Hargraves examines the peculiar idea and power of the cliche. He helps readers understand why certain phrases became cliches and why they should... more...

  • Discovering Wordsby Julian Walker

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 7.95

    For 1500 years English has built new words or taken them from other languages and changed their form and often their meaning to make them the words we use today. When we explore the journeys, arrivals and changes of these words, they present us with some extraordinary stories. School for example, comes indirectly from the Greek word for leisure, and... more...

  • Die romanischen Sprachen als Wissenschaftssprachenby Wolfgang Dahmen; Günter Holtus; Johannes Kramer; Michael Metzeltin

    Narr Francke Attempto 2010; US$ 98.35

    In der Sprache der Wissenschaften spiegeln sich wichtige Facetten gesamtgesellschaftlicher Entwicklungen. Die Bedeutung der antiken Kulturtraditionen für die europäischen Nationen lässt sich an der Rolle des Lateinischen ablesen, das während des gesamten Mittelalters und bis in die Frühe Neuzeit als Publikations- und Verkehrssprache der gelehrten Welt... more...

  • What's in a Name?by Eugene Ehrlich

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    A fun and informative guide to the how and why of proper names and their haphazard entry into common English language by the author of the bestselling Amo, Amas, Amat and More. more...

  • You've Got Ketchup on Your Muumuuby Eugene Ehrlich

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    From one of America's top wordsmiths, a lively survey of words from abroad that make English a truly international language. With dry wit and remarkable erudition, Eugene Ehrlich's You've Got Ketchup on Your Muumuu  takes us on an eye-opening tour of our ever-changing language, showing us how English has, throughout its history, seamlessly sewn... more...