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  • Beyond Wordsby John Humphrys

    Hodder & Stoughton 2009; US$ 18.60

    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...

  • Pukka and Fremdby Doug Pike

    Mushroom Publishing 2011; US$ 3.99

    Ever had a tranq slipped into your twanky? Ever come across a pawky chouser that was adept at loo? Or (and I promise, this is the last one), have you ever swilled skookum saloop? If your answer to all of the above is a resounding no and you?re curious as to what those bizarre words mean, then Pukka & Fremd is the book for you. Pukka & Fremd is not,... 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...

  • Teaching and Learning Terminologyby Amparo Alcina; Amparo Alcina

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 128.00

    This volume, which was originally published in Terminology 15:1 (2009), presents and reflects on experiences dealing with terminology training, from a theoretical, practical and professional perspective. Terminology is part of the programmes of several (post)graduate courses, such as Translating and Interpreting, Applied Languages, Information Science... more...

  • U Cn Spl Btrby Dr. Laurie E Rozakis

    Kensington Publishing Corp. 2009; US$ 9.99

    "A quixotic stab at improving the nation's literacy. Hey, it can't hurt." -- Asbury Park Sunday Press. Did you just end your last memo to your boss "CU L8R?". Do mysterious voices tell you to use "their" and "there" interchangeably? Don't know the difference between "its" and "it's?"... more...

  • I Is an Otherby James Geary

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    ?Sherlock Holmes could glance at a bowler hat and tell that its owner's wife had ceased to love him. In this brilliant book about metaphor James Geary is no less astonishing, as he deciphers the subtle implications embedded in advertising slogans, familiar slang and government double-talk?. You'll scarf down every page of I Is an Other and then ask... 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...

  • The Etymologiconby Mark Forsyth

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 12.99

    Do you know why? ?a mortgage is literally a death pledge? ?why guns have girls? names? ?why salt is related to soldier? You?re about to find out? The Etymologicon (e-t?-?mä-lä-ji-kän) is: *Witty (wi-te\): Full of clever humor *Erudite (er-?-dit): Showing knowledge *Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensive The Etymologicon is... more...

  • Collins Quite Brilliant: A celebration of British Englishby Collins

    HarperCollins Publishers 2012; Not Available

    A jubilant celebration of British English?s most wonderful moments (and of the island nations that came up with them). more...