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  • The Language Warsby Henry Hitchings

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; Not Available

    The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been acrimonious, and those involved have always really been contesting values - to do with morality, politics and class. THE LANGUAGE WARS examines the present state of the conflict, its history and its future. Above all, it uses the past... more...

  • The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematicsby David Nelson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 20.78

    The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics takes in all branches of pure and applied mathematics, from algebra to mechanics and from number theory to statistics. Invaluable for students at all levels, it is also a useful and versatile source book for economists, business people, engineers, technicians and scientists of all kinds who use mathematics in the... more...

  • 500 Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smartby Peter Archer; Linda Archer

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 17.44

    Dazzle with your command of belle-lettres! Like a true sophisticate, you'd like to toss out casual bon mots to enliven your conversation. You'd like to float through cocktail parties offering your guests crudités and hors d'oeuvres , toasting to the prevailing Weltgeist and speculating on who's having an affaire de coeur . But first... more...

  • On Speaking Wellby Peggy Noonan

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including: Finding you own authentic voice Developing a text that interest you... more...

  • Oxford Modern English Grammarby Bas Aarts

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 19.99

    Oxford Modern English Grammar is Oxford's brand new and definitive guide to English grammar. This book has been written by a leading expert in the field, covers both British and American English, and makes use of authentic spoken and written examples. Arranged in four clear parts for ease of use, its comprehensive coverage ranges from the very... more...

  • The Fight for Englishby David Crystal

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 12.99

    Lynne Truss's 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' injected new life into the long-standing arguments over rights and wrongs in English usage. Now David Crystal brings together his own distinctive style and unique expertise to provide the first thorough-going assessment of the ongoing debate. With a lively, humorous, and accessible approach, Crystal... more...

  • Wretched Writingby Kathryn Petras; Ross Petras

    Penguin Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.00

    Wretched writing is the lowest of the low; it is a felonious assault on the English language. Exuberantly excessive, it is a sin committed often by amateurs and all-too-frequently by gifted writers having an off day. In short, it?s very bad writing. Truly bad. Appallingly bad. It?s also very funny. A celebration of the worst writing imaginable, ... 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...

  • Spell It Outby David Crystal

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 17.99

    The fascinating and surprising history of English spelling from David Crystal, everyone's favorite expert logophile With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out , he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: "Why is English spelling... more...

  • Yes, I Could Care Lessby Bill Walsh

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 15.99

    These are interesting times for word nerds. We ate, shot and left, bonding over a joke about a panda and some rants about greengrocers who abuse apostrophes. We can go on Facebook and vow to judge people when they use poor grammar. The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Elements of Style inspired sentimental reveries. Grammar Girl's... more...