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  • 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...

  • Many a True Wordby Richard Anthony Baker

    Headline 2013; Not Available

    What are the top one hundred words we use the most? How should anchovy, chastisement and tryst be pronounced? How good are you at spelling the most commonly misspelt words and names? For the answers to these andquestions and much more, sit back and let Richard Anthony Baker take you on a journey through the English language. Marvel at the... more...

  • Foolproof Spelling: Flashby Elspeth Summers

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; Not Available

    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; Not Available

    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...

  • The Elements of Eloquenceby Mark Forsyth

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 16.00

    Praise for  The Horologicon ?This is not a book to be gulped down at a sitting, but gently masticated to be savored in small bites?[Forsyth?s] irreverent commentary on the history of the terms and when to use them is worth reading?Every page contains a new jewel for logophiles and verbivores everywhere.?? Publishers Weekly ?Forsyth?s fascinating... 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...

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

    Narr Francke Attempto 2010; US$ 80.77

    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...

  • Selected Features of Bactrian Grammarby Saloumeh Gholami

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2015; US$ 60.84

    Bactrian, the only Iranian language written in the Greek alphabet, was spoken in ancient Bactria in northern Afghanistan. It is an intermediary Middle Iranian language, possessing the characters of both Eastern and Western Iranian groups, and thus playing a very important role in the dialectology of Iranian Languages. Saloumeh Gholami?s study deals... more...