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The Story of English in 100 Words
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
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 Word at War: World War Two in 100...
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
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
Plain Words (eBook ePub)
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
Latin alive (Paperback)
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...
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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The History of English Spelling
George Davidson; Christopher Upward
 
The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. Includes a wealth of...
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Languages: A Very Short Introduction
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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Ware's Victorian Dictionary of Slang...
J. Redding Ware; John Simpson
 
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
Marc Fumaroli; Richard Howard
 
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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American Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus
Mary Elizabeth
 
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Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words and...
Samuel Johnson; Edward Allhusen
 
Fopdoodle, salmagundi, kissingcrust, runnion and stingo are all endangered for lack of use. This work reveals a selection of over 1000 entries in Dr Johnson's famous dictionary first published 250...
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Word Origins: The Hidden Histories of...
John Ayto
 
Laid out in an A-Z format with detailed cross references, and written in a style that is both authoritative and accessible, Word Origins is a valuable historical guide to the...
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
John Ayto
 
Get stuck into this authoritative and entertaining dictionary of English idioms. Packed with over 6,000 entries from the whole of the English-speaking world, including figurative expressions, similes, sayings, and proverbs...
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Many a True Word
Many a True Word (Hardback)
Richard Anthony Baker
 
From the author of the BBC Radio News house style guide comes a fascinating guide to the English language.
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