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The Story of English in 100 Words
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David Crystal
 
Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word ('loaf') to advanced ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful...
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Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
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Melissa Mohr
 
A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia
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The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious...
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A witty tribute to the history, construction and joyousness of the Latin names that describe our natural world.
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The Word at War: World War Two in 100...
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Philip Gooden; Peter Lewis
 
War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major...
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The English Language
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Charles Barber; Joan Beal; Philip Shaw
 
This bestselling text by Charles Barber recounts the history of the English language from its ancestry to the present day.
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Plain Words
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Gowers, Rebecca; Gowers, Ernest
 
'Be short, be simple, be human.'When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English...
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Latin alive
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Solodow, J.B.
 
This is the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Although the Romance languages evolved directly...
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Lingo of No Man's Land: A World War I...
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Lorenzo N. Smith
 
This dictionary of World War I slang was compiled by a Canadian soldier in 1918, in response to the many questions he received about the meanings of words used in...
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Languages: A Very Short Introduction
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Stephen Anderson
 
How many languages are there? What differentiates one language from another? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? These are some of the questions considered...
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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
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P. H. Matthews
 
Covers the major aspects of linguistics. This guide begins at the 'arts' end of the subject and finishes at the 'science' end, with the discoveries regarding language in the brain...
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Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction...
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Ware's Victorian Dictionary of Slang...
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Ware's dictionary, first published in 1909, is a treasure trove of the everyday language of the nineteenth century. Reproduced in facsimile with an introduction by John Simpson, Chief Editor of...
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When the World Spoke French
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From the death of Louis XIV to the Revolution - in Sweden, Austria, Italy, Spain, England, Russia, and Germany; among kings and queens, diplomats, military leaders, writers, great ladies, and...
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Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat: Naval...
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'As the crow flies","cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey"- many terms like these are used in everyday English language conversation and writing.
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