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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 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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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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Lost for Words: The Mangling and...
John Humphrys
 
Today programme presenter's Top Ten bestselling cry for better English in paperback for summer.
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An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary:...
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Language of the Third Reich: LTI:...
Victor Klemperer
 
Originally published in English: London; New Brunswick, N.J.: Athlone Press, 2000.
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The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang
John Ayto
 
Rhyming slang is a subject of perennial interest to the general language-conscious public. Entries are arranged in subject areas, such as clothing, food and drink, and animals. John Ayto explores...
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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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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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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
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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Empires of the world
Ostler, N.
 
Through the study of its languages, we find a potted story of the world itself. "Empires of the world" is the first and only book to recount this remarkable story...
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