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  • Empires of the Wordby Nicholas Ostler

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 17.39

    Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard... more...

  • Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literateby Eugene Ehrlich

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Anyone looking to improve his or her vocabulary and anyone who loves words will be enthralled by this unique and impressive thesaurus that provides only the most unusual -- or is it recondite? --words for each entry. more...

  • Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Wordsby Bill Bryson

    Crown Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.00

    As usual Bill Bryson says it best: ?English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense. This is a language where ?cleave? can mean to cut in half or to hold two halves together; where the simple word ?set? has 126 different meanings as a verb, 58 as a noun,... more...

  • Webster's New World Essential Vocabularyby David Alan Herzog

    Wiley 2004; US$ 10.99

    EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY--FOR BETTER TEST SCORES AND BETTER COMMUNICATION You probably can't learn all the hundreds of thousands of words in the English language--but you can learn those difficult words you're most likely to need to know. If you want to increase your vocabulary for standardized tests or just better communication, Webster's New World... more...

  • Confessions of a High School Word Nerdby Arianne Cohen; Colleen Kinder

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 14.00

    Effortlessly acquire an SAT vocabulary through hilarious high school essays Every year, 9 million American students expend large amounts of time and energy preparing for proficiency and entrance exams like the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and SSAT with a heap of vocabulary flash cards and a fat volume of repetitive practice tests. Each one of them, along with... more...

  • Bryson's Dictionary: for Writers and Editorsby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2012; US$ 13.08

    What is the difference between cant and jargon, or assume and presume? What is a fandango? How do you spell supersede? Is it hippy or hippie? These questions really matter to Bill Bryson, as they do to anyone who cares about the English language. Originally published as The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors , Bryson's Dictionary... more...

  • Word Smart, 5th Editionby Princeton Review

    Random House Children's Books 2012; US$ 14.99

    Let your vocabulary speak for itself. Knowing which words to use and how to use them is key to communicating accurately and effectively. That?s why more than one million people have used Word Smart to improve their vocabularies! This updated 5th edition defines and explains more than 1,400 need-to-know vocabulary words. To create this book, the Princeton... more...

  • More Word Smartby Princeton Review

    Random House Children's Books 2012; US$ 13.99

    Build a More Impressive Vocabulary. Did you know that:    ? The word "noisome" has nothing whatsoever to do with noise?    ? "Ordinance" and "ordnance" have two distinct meanings?    ? An "errant" fool is a fool who is lost, while an "arrant" fool is one whose foolishness is obvious? If any of these facts caught you by surprise, then you need... more...

  • Letter Perfectby David Sacks

    Knopf Canada 2010; US$ 22.00

    Letters are tangible language. Joining together in endless combinations to actually show speech, letters convey our messages and tell our stories. While we encounter these tiny shapes hundreds of times a day, we take for granted the long, fascinating history behind one of the most fundamental of human inventions -- the alphabet. The heart of the book... more...

  • Discovering Wordsby Julian Walker

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 7.95

    For 1500 years English has built new words or taken them from other languages and changed their form and often their meaning to make them the words we use today. When we explore the journeys, arrivals and changes of these words, they present us with some extraordinary stories. School for example, comes indirectly from the Greek word for leisure, and... more...