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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Alphabeticalby Michael Rosen

    Counterpoint 2015;

    How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians... 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...

  • 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...

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

    Narr Francke Attempto 2010; US$ 84.78

    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...