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  • Fixing Babelby Rebecca Shapiro; Jack Lynch

    Bucknell University Press 2016; US$ 149.99

    Fixing Babel provides authoritative transcriptions of documents from the front matter of major English dictionaries over a two-hundred-year period. Fixing Babel provides commentary on and annotates a wide range of lexicographical concerns. more...

  • May We Borrow Your Language?by Philip Gooden

    Head of Zeus 2016; US$ 13.49

    A richly entertaining exploration of the origins of the words that English has borrowed from other languages over its 1500-year history. more...

  • A Christmas Cornucopiaby Mark Forsyth

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.09

    The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means "Go away, Christ". Nor do we know that Christmas was first... more...

  • The Word Detectiveby John Simpson

    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...

  • Other-Wordlyby Yee-Lum Mak; Kelsey Garrity-Riley

    Chronicle Books LLC 2016; US$ 11.99

    Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first. Other-Wordly is an irresistible ebook for lovers of words and those lost for words alike. more...

  • Quid Pro Quoby Peter Jones

    Atlantic Books 2016; US$ 5.99

    In this original and highly accessible book, Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind the original Latin meanings and uses of hundreds of our everyday words. Taking in every aspect of the ancient world, including science, religion, military matters,... more...

  • You're Saying It Wrongby Ross Petras; Kathryn Petras

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2016; US$ 14.99

    For word nerds and grammar geeks, a witty guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse. With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready... more...

  • Japanese Kanji Flash Cards Volume 2by Alexander Kask; Emiko Konomi

    Tuttle Publishing 2016; US$ 16.99

    Everything you need to learn 200 everyday Japanese kanji characters is here in this ebook! Flash cards are an essential tool in memorizing words when you are learning a new language. In Japanese Kanji Flash Cards Kit, Volume 2, you'll get all the tools needed to learn 200 everyday Japanese kanji, following on from the 200 kanji introduced in Volume... more...

  • Heiligenverehrung und Namengebungby Kathrin Dräger; Fabian Fahlbusch; Damaris Nübling

    De Gruyter 2016; US$ 126.82

    From the Middle Ages until today, the names of saints have been included in all areas of naming. The names of saints are present to differing extents in various classes of names, but there has been little previous research on this phenomenon. This volume is a comprehensive examination of the veneration of saints in different areas of onomastics, thereby... more...

  • Hindi Flash Cardsby Richard Delacy

    Tuttle Publishing 2016; US$ 19.99

    Hindi is the national language of India, one of the worlds largest and fastest growing countries! Flash cards are an excellent language learning tool. This comprehensive set of flash cards is designed for students, travelers and anyone who wants to learn Hindi. This is one of the best ways to learn to read and recognize Hindi words, learn new vocabulary... more...