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- Michael O'Mara 2014; US$ 6.99
This beautifully presented and accessible guide is the perfect companion to learning the phrases of London's East End and the interesting origins behind Cockney Rhyming Slang - a language first invented as a secret code among the thieves of London's underworld. Organized thematically, rather than alphabetically, this book allows the reader to gain... more...
- Dover Publications 2013; US$ 18.95
Volume 1 of 2. Classic contains most of the more common words, plus slang, archaic words and phrases, and common foreign words. Roots are identified, colloquial usages and alternate spellings are given. more...
- Dover Publications 2012; US$ 18.95
Volume 2 of 2. Classic contains most of the more common words, plus slang, archaic words and phrases, and common foreign words. Roots are identified, colloquial usages and alternate spellings are given. more...
- 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...
- Crown/Archetype 2015; US$ 16.00
An irreverent lexicon of the seemingly infinite ways we call bullshit, written by a McSweeney's columnist and etymologist, illustrated by a New Yorker -contributing cartoonist. What's the difference between "balderdash" and "drivel"? Where did "mumbo-jumbo" come from? How should you use "meadow mayonnaise"? What's "felgercarb" and which popular... more...
- 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...
- Dover Publications 2013; US$ 39.95
This reference traces English words back to their Indo-European roots. Each entry features a brief definition, identifies the language of origin, and employs a few illustrative quotations. An extensive appendix includes prefixes, suffixes, more. more...
- Little, Brown Book Group 2016; US$ 23.99
Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries... more...
- Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 7.99
Throughout history the English language has reflected social changes, trade routes, and waves of fashion. This book examines the histories of the names of foods, ingredients, utensils, drinks, cooking methods, and dishes to show how the vocabulary of English has reflected the ways speakers of the language have interacted with their tastes, their... more...
- Primento Digital Publishing 2015; US$ 11.99
On entend souvent dire que, depuis qu?ils clavardent (écrivent sur des claviers), les jeunes ne savent plus écrire ou que le langage SMS contamine leur écrit. À chaque évolution de la langue, ce genre de questions se pose, qui repose pour beaucoup sur des représentations plutôt que sur des faits. Si des études montrent l?impact somme toute limité... more...