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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 Story of English in 100 Words
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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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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...
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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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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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'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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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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Languages: A Very Short Introduction
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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...
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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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American Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus
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Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words and...
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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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Language Policy
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A detailed overview of the theories, concepts, research methods, and findings in the field of language policy is provided here in one accessible source. The author proposes new methodological, theoretical...
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Management Mumbo-Jumbo: A Skeptics'...
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
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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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