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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- McGraw-Hill Education 2012; US$ 13.00
Use just the right phrases and master the art of conversation like a native speaker of English How do you share an experience from your home country? What should you say to start a conversation? How do you offer someone your advice? This handy reference will help you navigate social and business situations, with hundreds of ready-to-use English... more...
- Doubleday Canada 2013; US$ 19.95
One of the English language's most skilled and beloved writers guides us all towards precise, mistake-free usage. In the middle 1980s Bill Bryson was a copy editor for the London Times with the brash idea that he could fill a hole in the British book market for a concise, accessible, handy guide to proper usage. A complete unknown, he nonetheless... more...
- De Gruyter 2013; US$ 419.00
With over 1,800 annotated maps, the Atlas of German Family Names draws together for the first time all of the family names that exist in the Federal Republic of Germany according to their statistical frequency and geographical distribution. The inclusion of a section on grammar addresses the needs of linguists, while a section on lexicology will be... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 23.99
The fascinating and surprising history of English spelling from David Crystal, everyone's favorite expert logophile With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out , he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: "Why is English spelling... more...