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The Greek & Latin Roots of English

by Tamara M. Green Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2014)

The Greek & Latin Roots of English approaches the study of Latin and Greek thematically: vocabulary is organized into various topics, from politics to philosophy, with chapters featuring cumulative exercises...


A Thesaurus of English Word Roots

by Horace Gerald Danner Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 27, 2014)

Horace G. Danner’s A Thesaurus of English Word Roots is a compendium of the most-used word roots of the English language. All word roots are listed alphabetically, along with the Greek or Latin words from...


The English is Coming!

by Leslie Dunton-Downer Touchstone (September 14, 2010)

English has fast become the number one language for everything from business and science, diplomacy and education, entertainment and environmentalism to socializing and beyond--virtually any human activity unfolding...


A Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots

by Horace Gerald Danner Scarecrow Press (August 15, 2013)

Dr. Horace Gerald Danner’s A Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots is a compendium of the most-used word roots of the medical and health-care professions. All word roots are listed alphabetically, along with the...


Hot for Words

by Marina Orlova HarperCollins e-books (August 18, 2009)

Brilliant philologist and sexy YouTube sensation Marina Orlova is Hot For Words—and you will be too when you join her on a titillating journey through the origins and meanings of words and phrases. Combining...


The Complete Book of Dutch-ified English

by Gary Gates Good Books (March 15, 2016)

Here is a book for anyone tired of speaking flat, colorless, homogenized English. Pennsylvania Dutchman Gary Gates provides a glossary, read-aloud section, songs, recipes, and more in this delightful, inwaluable"...


The Dictionary of Clichés

by Christine Ammer Skyhorse (November 05, 2013)

The largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Clichés features more than four thousand unique clichés and common expressions. Author Christine Ammer explores...


The Book of Common Fallacies

by Philip Ward & Julia Edwards Skyhorse (June 01, 2012)

Long before Snopes.com and Wikipedia, The Book of Common Fallacies set out to debunk popular beliefs and set the record straight. By tracking down the facts and citing experts in a multitude of fields, Philip...


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

by Alan Axelrod Skyhorse (June 01, 2013)

Few areas of human endeavor have produced more--or more colorful--terms than has the military. Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have over centuries come up with words, phrases, and acronyms to express...


What the Dickens?!

by Bryan Kozlowski Running Press Adult (September 26, 2016)

Featuring the quirkiest specimens in the Dickensian lexicon and culled from Charles Dickens' classic works, What the Dickens?! is a literary romp through the twisty alleyways of the Victorian vernacular.

What...


Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red

by Andrew Thompson Ulysses Press (March 28, 2017)

400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journies

English is filled with curious, intriguing and bizarre phrases. This book reveals the surprising, captivating and even hilarious origins...


The Accidental Dictionary

by Paul Anthony Jones Pegasus Books (October 03, 2017)

Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy...


Written in Stone

by Christopher Stevens Pegasus Books (November 15, 2015)

Half the world’s population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. A mother tongue first spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago....


Words We Use

by Diarmaid Ó Muirithe Gill Books (October 31, 2006)

Diarmaid Ó Muirithe’s column Words We Use was a feature of The Irish Times for many years. This collection of his most memorable contributions, by turns witty and sympathetic, wears its prodigious learning...


A–Z of Irish Names for Children and Their Meanings

by Diarmaid Ó Muirithe Gill Books (March 06, 2007)

Including over four hundred beautiful, original and unusual Irish names, Diarmaid Ó Muirithe’s brilliant reference book provides the origin, historical and cultural background of practically every Irish name...


Short Dictionary of Classical Word Origins

by Harry E. Wedeck Philosophical Library (January 01, 1957)

Whether one reads only newspapers or nothing more serious than a short story or a novel—whatever one reads one is constantly running up against an allusion to the Ancient Classics of Greece and Rome and, in...


Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red

by Andrew Thompson Ulysses Press (February 20, 2017)

Over 400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journey

The English language is riddled with phrases that are complete nonsense. Ever met "a monkey's uncle," seen a "red-handed" thief, or...


The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need

by Susan Thurman & Larry Shea Adams Media (May 01, 2003)

The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need is the ideal resource for everyone who wants to produce writing that is clear, concise, and grammatically excellent. Whether you're creating perfect professional documents,...


Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

by James Garrison Penn State University Press (March 02, 1992)

For centuries the most revered poem in the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman virtue of pietas. In the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden attempts to explain...


What's in a Name?

by Eugene Ehrlich Holt Paperbacks (January 27, 2014)

A fun and informative guide to the how and why of proper names and their haphazard entry into common English language by the author of the bestselling Amo, Amas, Amat and More.

Mining the English language to...


I Love It When You Talk Retro

by Ralph Keyes St. Martin's Press (March 30, 2009)

An entertaining and informative book about the fashion and fads of language

Today's 18-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, where the term "stuck in a groove" comes from, why 1984 was a year unlike any...


Born To Kvetch

by Michael Wex St. Martin's Press (March 31, 2007)

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases, idioms, and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set...


You've Got Ketchup on Your Muumuu

by Eugene Ehrlich Henry Holt and Co. (January 27, 2014)

From one of America's top wordsmiths, a lively survey of words from abroad that make English a truly international language.

With dry wit and remarkable erudition, Eugene Ehrlich's You've Got Ketchup on Your...


Words on the Move

by John McWhorter Henry Holt and Co. (September 05, 2016)

A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight it

Language is always changing -- but we...


The Song of Middle-earth: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols and Myths

by David Harvey HarperCollins (July 14, 2016)

Available for the first time in paperback, this is the pre-eminent critical study, and exploration, of how myth and legend played such a significant role in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Song of Middle-earth...


Netymology: From Apps to Zombies: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World

by Tom Chatfield Quercus (August 02, 2016)

Composed of 100 bite-sized entries of 400 to 600 words each, Netymology weaves together stories, etymologies and analyses around digital culture's transformation and vocabulary. Chatfield presents a kaleidoscopic,...


Wordcatcher

by Phil Cousineau Viva Editions (March 15, 2010)

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver," the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words...


A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages

by J. R. R. Tolkien, Dimitra Fimi & Andrew Higgins HarperCollins (April 07, 2016)

First ever critical study of Tolkien’s little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s...


The Word Museum

by Jeffrey Kacirk Touchstone (February 28, 2001)

ENTER A GALLERY OF WIT AND WHIMSY

As the largest and most dynamic collection of words ever assembled, the English language continues to expand. But as hundreds of new words are added annually, older ones are...


Word Fugitives

by Barbara Wallraff HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Despite the many thousands of dictionary words at our disposal, our language can be dismayingly inadequate. How many times have you searched for a word that means just what you want it to but failed to find...


Collins Quite Brilliant: A celebration of British English

by Collins Collins (December 01, 2012)

A jubilant celebration of British English’s most wonderful moments (and of the island nations that came up with them).

We British are an eccentric population with a culture that is suitably, and uniquely,...