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  • The Making of Englishby Henry Bradley

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 9.95

    This etymological tour de force was written by a self-taught farmer's son who became a world-famous linguist and senior editor of the Oxford English Dictionary . By the time he was a teenager, Henry Bradley (1845-1923) had immersed himself in several classical languages. His achievements were ultimately recognized with honorary degrees from Oxford... more...

  • A Middle English Reader and Vocabularyby Kenneth Sisam; J. R. R. Tolkien

    Dover Publications 2011; US$ 22.95

    Scholarly and highly informative, this anthology represents a distinctive contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of Middle English literature. Kenneth Sisam's well-chosen extracts from writings of the 14th century illustrate a rising new spirit in vernacular works. Selections include excerpts from such tales as "Sir Gawayne and the Grene... more...

  • New Words for Oldby Caroline Taggart

    Michael O'Mara 2015; US$ 9.99

    The English language is a versatile and agile thing, and as our world changes, so too does the way we use it. Sometimes we coin new words for new creations, but very often we adopt and adapt existing words to suit new purposes, or simply put two together to form a third.New Words for Old looks at the story behind some of the words we use every day... more...

  • Newspeak (Routledge Revivals)by Jonathon Green

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    George Orwell coined the term ?Newspeak? for his novel 1984 , the purpose of which was designed to shrink vocabularies and eliminate subtlety and nuance. For this dictionary, first published to herald the year 1984, Jonathon Green compiled nearly 8, 000 entries ? selected from the slangs and specific vocabularies of trades, professions and interests... more...

  • 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...

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Termsby Chris Baldick

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 12.99

    The bestselling Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms provides clear and concise definitions of the most troublesome literary terms, from abjection to zeugma. It is an essential reference tool for students of literature in any language. Now expanded and in its fourth edition, it includes increased coverage of new terms from modern critical and theoretical... more...

  • Perfect Phrases for ESL Conversation Skillsby Diane Engelhardt

    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 phrases... more...

  • Port Out, Starboard Homeby Michael Quinion

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    Can it really be true that 'golf' stands for 'Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden'? Or that 'rule of thumb' comes from an archaic legal principle that a man may chastise his wife, but only with a rod no thicker than his thumb? These and hundreds of other stories are commonly told and retold whenever people meet. They grow up in part because expressions... more...

  • Practice Makes Perfect English Problem Solverby Ed Swick

    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, little... more...

  • Practice Makes Perfect English Vocabulary for Beginning ESL Learnersby Jean Yates

    McGraw-Hill Education 2011; US$ 14.00

    Master the words and phrases necessary for handling everyday situations Practice Makes Perfect: English Vocabulary for Beginning ESL Learners helps you develop your vocabulary by providing practice in word-building and encouraging you to analyze new words for an ever-increasing vocabulary. Each chapter of this comprehensive book focuses on a... more...