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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Etymologiconby Mark Forsyth

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    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 a completely unauthorized... 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...

  • Collins Taak of the Toon: How to Speak Geordieby Sid Waddell

    HarperCollins Publishers 2009; Not Available

    Gain an insight into the English language, via one of the UK?s richest dialects: Geordie. more...

  • Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Wordsby William Bryson

    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...

  • 250 Essential Japanese Kanji Characters Volume 2 Revisedby Kanji Text Research Group University of Tokyo

    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...

  • 250 Essential Chinese Characters Volume 2by Philip Yungkin Lee; Darell Tibbles

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 34.95

    More than a simple update, 250 Essential Chinese Characters Volume 2 offers 250 more characters in the extremely useful learning format that learners and teachers alike continue to praise. Following in the footsteps of the newly released Volume 1 , it includes everything that today's learners and teachers want: tips for mastery throughout; special... more...

  • 250 Essential Chinese Characters Volume 1by Philip Yungkin Lee; Darell Tibbles

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 29.95

    This is an invaluable study guide for learning basic Chinese characters. 250 Essential Chinese Characters Volume 1 is a second edition, completely revised and with 50 percent new material. Featuring a new design; tips for mastery throughout; exercises in AP-exam format; progressive review sections; and several indices, this volume is a crucial... more...

  • Japanese Kanji and Kanaby Wolfgang Hadamitzky; Mark Spahn

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 24.95

    This comprehensive book helps you learn the 92 basic Kana characters and 2,136 standard Kanji characters. Complete, compact and authoritative—this book provides all the information needed to learn kanji and kana, including the 92 basic hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols (known collectively as Kana) and the 2,136 standard Joyo Kanji characters... more...