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Adventure of English

English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. English runs through the heart of world f..

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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking rune..

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Around the World in 80 Cliches: Cliche Compendium Featuring Translations from Around the World

Whether cliches get under your skin or make you laugh, this dictionary of cliches goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest ..

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Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

From master language creator David J. Peterson, creator of Game of Thrones' (HBO) Dothraki language, comes a creative guide to language construction. Peterson begins with a brief history of constructe..

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Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers

William Shakespeare's written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that were coined or popularized by him. Some of the words never went further than their appearance in his plays, ..

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Certain je ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched from Other Languages

A handy guide to the meanings and origins of the many foreign phrases we use every day. English as we know it today is enriched with many borrowings and influences from other languages. Aficionado, ch..

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

The third edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics is an authoritative and invaluable reference source covering every aspect of its wide-ranging field. In 3,250 entries the Dictionary s..

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

Now in its second edition, this invaluable work is the most authoritative dictionary of linguistics of its kind available. The author, Peter Matthews, is professor of linguistics at Cambridge Universi..

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Course in General Linguistics

Ferdinand de Saussure is commonly regarded as one of the fathers of 20th Century Linguistics. His lectures, posthumously published as the Course in General Linguistics ushered in the structuralist mod..

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Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words

Wherever you go in the English-speaking world, there are linguistic riches from times past awaiting rediscovery. All you have to do is choose a location, find some old documents, and dig a little. In ..

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens. W..

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Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics an..

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Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE ETYMOLOGICON Mark Forsyth presents the secret of writing unforgettable phrases, uncovering the techniques that have made immortal such lin..

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Etymologicon : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark F..

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Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Witty and erudite ...stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden..

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F**k: An Irreverent History of the F-word

An amusing, informative, controversial and utterly irreverent history of the world's favourite word. In this fascinating and frequently funny book, Rufus Lodge traces the origins of the F-word and exp..

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Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a lingui..

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Going to Hell in a Hen Basket

Everyone has made the mistake of using a word or phrase that they think sounds sort of right, but isn't. Rubin collects his favourite malapropisms in a gift book that's perfect for bookworms and words..

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Gwynne's Latin: The Ultimate Introduction to Latin Including the Latin in Everyday English

'Latin is "it", the most wonderful "thing". It is mind-enhancing, character-improving, enthralling, exciting, deeply satisfying, and valuable. My solid determination is to spare no pains to do it the ..

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Haggard Hawks & Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words

What do the following ten words all have in common - haggard, mews, codger, arouse, musket, poltroon, gorge, allure, pounce and turn-tail? All fairly familiar and straightforward words, after a little..

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Horologicon:  Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them. Do you wake up feeling rough? Th..

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Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE ETYMOLOGICON Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words. From uhtcea..

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Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English

Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation. To purists these are 'howlers' and 'non-words', fit only for scorn. But i..

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I Speak, Therefore I am: Seventeen Thoughts About Language

There are no men so dull and stupid, not even idiots, as to be incapable of joining together different words, and thereby constructing a declaration by which to make their thoughts understood...On the..

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I Used to Know That: English

If you can't tell a possessive pronoun from a correlative conjunction, confuse 'disinterested' and 'uninterested' and struggle with the subjunctive, then I Used to Know That: English has the answers. ..

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Introducing Linguistics: A Graphic Guide

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Kingdom of Speech

Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech..

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Language : Cultural Tool

This is a groundbreaking and controversial new theory about how we talk. Like other tools, language was invented, can be reinvented or lost, and shows significant variation across cultures. It's as es..

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Language Instinct

Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct propelled him to worldwide fame in 1994. His groundbreaking book's premise - that language is instinctual rather than acquired - so shook the foundations of biolo..

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Language!: Five Hundred Years of the Vulgar Tongue

In this richly entertaining book, Jonathon Green traces the development of slang and its trajectory through society, and offers an impassioned argument for its defence. Beginning, at least in recorded..

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Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

Welcome to Europe as you've never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Gaston Dorren takes us on an intriguing tou..

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Lingo: A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

Welcome to Europe as you've never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Gaston Dorren takes us on an intriguing tou..

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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there's a Swedish word that means a traveller's particular sense of anticipation bef..

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Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

This 'engaging history of punctuation' (Wall Street Journal) is not only the first history of its kind, but a complete guide on how to use English punctuation. Behind every punctuation mark lies a th..

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Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar

David Crystal explains grammar's rules and irregularities, shows how to navigate its snares and pitfalls, and explores its history and varieties. He gives practical guidance on how grammar may be used..

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May We Borrow Your Language?: How English Steals Words from All Over the World

The English language that is spoken by one billion people around the world is a linguistic mongrel, its vocabulary a diverse mix resulting from centuries of borrowing from other tongues. From the Celt..

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Metaphor and Discourse

Metaphor and Discourse presents work on the functioning of metaphor in public discourse and related discourse areas, which presents a challenge to the 'classic' Conceptual Metaphor Theory approach. Di..

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Mother Tongue

Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue is a hymn to the English language. In examining how a second-rate, mongrel tongue came to be the undisputed language of the globe, Bryson explores English from America to A..

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My Grammar and I

A runaway hit and "Sunday Times" bestseller in 2008, "My Grammar and I" has continued to grow in popularity, becoming the go-to guide for grammar. Repackaged with a fresh jacket design, this much-love..

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Ode Less Travelled

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Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World

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 ..

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Preposterous Proverbs: Why Fine Words Butter No Parsnips
Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language

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 origi..

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Savoir Faire: 1000 Foreign Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart

Add hundreds of foreign phrases to your daily lexicon and learn about their quirky, fascinating origins! Some foreign phrases are so good they become a sort of lingua franca. They capture the true zei..

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Speaking in Tongues: Curious Expressions from Around the World

Ever feel like you are pedalling in the choucroute? Been caught with your beard in the mailbox again? Or maybe you just wish everyone would stop ironing your head? Speaking in Tongues brings the weird..

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Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language

The art of political spin is a delicate one, indeed. If you want to succeed in politics without really lying - and business, sports, the arts and basically any other field - you must perfect the art o..

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Story of Ain't : America Its Language & the Most Controversail Dictionary Ever Published

Created by the most respected American publisher of dictionaries and supervised by the editor Philip Gove, Webster's Third broke with tradition, adding thousands of new words and eliminating artificia..

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That Should be a Word

Finally there's a word for it: "Fidgital"--excessively checking one's devices. "Martyrmony"--staying married out of duty. Author of the highly popular "That Should Be a Word" feature in the "New York ..

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Two Pedants Season One

Two Pedants Season One collects all the strips from the first season of this popular web comic about two pedants saving the world one correction at a time. It also contains character profiles, deleted..

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Tyrannosaurus Lex : Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay

Welcome to the Weird and Wonderful World of Words! Tyrannosaurus Lex is your guide to the intriguing world of logology--the pursuit of word puzzles or puzzling words--featuring: - A wealth of witty ..

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Usage & Abusage: Guide To Good English

Usage and Abusage is Penguin's classic linguistic reference book that not only tells you how to use English correctly, but is also a declaration of war on its misuse. Covering grammatical problems, wo..

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