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  • 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...

  • Word Fugitivesby Barbara Wallraff

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Despite the many thousands of dictionary words at our disposal, our language can be dismayingly inadequate. How many times have you searched for a word that means just what you want it to but failed to find anything suitable anywhere? Most of us, it turns out, lead lives rife with experiences, people, and things that have no names. At least, they... more...

  • For Who the Bell Tollsby David Marsh

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2013; US$ 10.19

    This is a book that explains the grammar that people really need to know, such as the fact that an apostrophe is the difference between a company that knows its s*** and a company that knows it's s***, or the importance of capital letters to avoid ambiguity in such sentences as "I helped my Uncle Jack off his horse." David Marsh's lifelong... 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...

  • 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...

  • Beyond Wordsby John Humphrys

    Hodder & Stoughton 2009; US$ 6.99

    From the huge response to Lost for Words , it?s clear that many of us share John?s strong feelings about the use and misuse of the English language. Not because we want to split hairs (or infinitives) but because how we use words reveals so much about the way we see the world. Here John takes a sharp look at phrases and expressions in current use... 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...

  • 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...

  • Defining Eclipse: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSATby Brian Leaf

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010; US$ 9.99

    The most captivating way to master vocabulary for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT exams Join Bella, Jacob, and Edward as you learn more than 600 vocabulary words for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT! With hundreds of new vocabulary words, this book can be used completely on its own or as a follow-up to Defining Twilight and Defining New Moon . You'll... more...