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A history of English in its own words

By: Carver, Craig M.

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books,

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A sea of words

By: King, Dean

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2000.,

Edition: 3

This comprehensive lexicon provides definitions of nautical terms, historical entries describing the people and political events that shaped the period, and detailed explanations of the scientific, medical, and biblical references that appear in the novels. View more info

Bryson's dictionary of troublesome words

By: Bryson, Bill

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2002.,

One of the English language's most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage. As usual Bill Bryson says it best: "English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense. This is a language where 'cleave' can mean to cut in half or to hold two halves together; where the simple word 'set' has 126 different meanings as a verb, 58 as a noun, and 10 as... View more info

Even-Steven and fair and square

By: Freeman, Morton S.

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York : Plume, c1993.,

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Linguistics for non-linguists

By: Parker, Frank R.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston : Allyn and Baron, c1986.,

Shelf-wear. Marginalia and highlighting. View more info

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Made in America

By: Bryson, Bill

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 1996, c1994.,

Bill Bryson, who gave glorious voice to The Mother Tongue, now celebrates her magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood...and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle call his befeathered cap "Macaroni." View more info

No uncertain terms

By: Safire, William

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003.,

There is no wittier, more amiable or more astute word maven than Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist William Safire.For many people, the first item on the agenda for Sunday morning is to sit down and read Safire's "On Language" column in "The New York Times Magazine," then to compose a "Gotcha" letter to the Times. Each of his books on language is a classic, to be read, re-read and fought over. Safire is the beloved, slightly crotchety guru of contemporary vocabulary, sp... View more info

Our marvelous native tongue

By: Claiborne, Robert

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : NYT Times Books, c1983.,

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Speak: A Short History of Languages

By: Tore Janson

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, October 2003,

A nice clean copy. View more info

The Living Language

By: Morris, Linda

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub,

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The riddle of the labyrinth

By: Margalit Fox

Price: $9.00

Publisher: New York, N.Y; ECCO,

In 1900, while excavating on Crete, the charismatic Victorian archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed inscribed clay tablets amid the ruins of a lavish Bronze Age palace. Written by palace scribes circa 1450 b.c., the script they displayed--featuring outline drawings of swords, chariots, and horses' heads, as well as other tiny pictograms--resembled no alphabet ever seen. Evans named the script Linear B, and from the start it posed a deep mystery. No one knew what langua... View more info

The roots of English

By: Claiborne, Robert

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1990.,

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The Story of Ain't

By: Skinner, David V.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Harper,

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 "artificial notions of correctness," basing proper usage on how language was actually spoken. The dictionary's revolutionary style sparked what David Foster Wallace called "the Fort Sumter of the Usage Wars." Editors and scholars howled for Gove's blood, calling him an enemy of cl... View more info

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Who put the butter in butterfly?

By: Schwan, Kassie

Price: $3.00

Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, 1990, c1989.,

Bestselling author and pop-culture pundit David Feldman demystifies our language's most curious cliches and quips. From cooties and mugwumps to Ps and Qs and Peeping Tom, this is a doozie of a diversion. View more info