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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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 Mouton 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...
- McGraw-Hill Education 2013; US$ 14.00
Tackle head-on all the hurdles that you find hard about learning English as an ESL student Practice Makes Perfect: English Problem Solver doesn't pretend that learning English is easy. Instead of covering the entirety of the language, it hones in on those areas where you might have difficulty--areas such as definite vs. indefinite articles,... 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...
- Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 29.95
Tackling kanji-the system of Japanese writing based on Chinese characters-is the most challenging aspect of learning the Japanese language. 250 Essential Japanese Kanji Characters Volume 1 and Volume 2 are time-tested books that have now been enhanced and revised using proven methods from the Kanji Text Research Group at the University of Tokyo.... more...