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  • OKby Allan Metcalf

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 12.99

    It is said to be the most frequently spoken (or typed) word on the planet, more common than an infant's first word ma or the ever-present beverage Coke. It was even the first word spoken on the moon. It is "OK"-- the most ubiquitous and invisible of American expressions, one used countless times every day. Yet few of us know the secret... more...

  • Language in Australiaby Suzanne Romaine

    Cambridge University Press 1991; US$ 77.00

    Linguists and non-linguists will find in this volume a guide and reference source to the rich linguistic heritage of Australia. more...

  • The Secret Life of Wordsby Henry Hitchings

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 20.99

    Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to think about the origins of the words we use? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese?... more...

  • Wordwatchingby Alex Horne

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 10.91

    Alex Horne loves words. He loves them so much, in fact, that he's gone on a mental safari and invented some of his own ... all he needs to do now is get them into the dictionary. But, as Alex discovers, gaining entry into the official lexicon takes more than just a gentle word in the ear of the editor. Evidence is required - Alex needs what... more...

  • Beyond Wordsby John Humphrys

    Hodder & Stoughton 2009; US$ 17.21

    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...

  • 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...