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Exaltation of Larks the Ultimate Edition
Exaltation of Larks the Ultimate Edition
by James Lipton
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An "exaltation of larks"? Yes! And a "leap of leopards," a "parliament of owls," an "ostentation of peacocks," a "smack of jellyfish," and a "murder of crows"! For those who have ever wondered if the familiar "pride of lions" and "gaggle of geese" were... (read more)

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The Mother Tongue
The Mother Tongue
by Bill Bryson
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"Everything, it seems, is interesting to Bill Bryson. The marvel is that he can make it all interesting to us....Bryson's book, Mother Tongue...is the one that convinced me he could probably write informatively and with humor about anything. I mean, who... (read more)

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A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions
A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions
by Charles Earle Funk
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Dr. Funk has taken hundreds of picturesque sayings that we use without thinking in our daily speech and has traced them back through the years to find the original allusions.... (read more)

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Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind Over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases
Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind Over 600 Everyday Words and Phrases
by Webb Garrison
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The Fascinating stories behind over 600 everyday words and phrases such as... Shindig - A veteran square dance caller will tell you that bruised shins result from the swigging feet of beginning dancers. A dance that leaves telltale marks on the lower... (read more)

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Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words
Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words
by John Bemelmans Marciano
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An encyclopedia of linguistic biographies: the witty, illustrated stories of the Earl of Sandwich, Charles Boycott, and other historical figures better known as words than people. Eponymous, adj. Giving ones name to a person, place, or thing. Anonymous... (read more)

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The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
by Mark Forsyth
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Do you wake up feeling rough? Then youre philogrobolized. Find yourself pretending to work? Thats fudgelling. And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just dont... (read more)

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Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips
by Roy Blount
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“If everybodys first English teacher were Roy Blount Jr., we might still be trillions in debt, but we would be so deeply in love with words and their magic . . . that wed hardly notice.” —Chris Tucker, The Dallas Morning News After... (read more)

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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
by Ben Schott
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Ever thought, There should be a German word for that? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind Schotts Original Miscellany, now there is. Schottenfreude is a unique, must-have dictionary, complete with newly coined words that explore the... (read more)

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Heavens to Betsy!: And Other Curious Sayings
Heavens to Betsy!: And Other Curious Sayings
by Charles Earle Funk
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He's as mad as a hatter! Whether it's like a bump on a log or a bat out of hell, these expressions have been around forever, but we've never really known why ... until now! Finally Dr. Funk explains more than 400 droll, colorful, and sometimes pungent... (read more)

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Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society
Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society
by Raymond Williams
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Now revised to include new words and updated essays, Keywords focuses on the sociology of language, demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of... (read more)

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No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in the New York Times Magazine
No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in the New York Times Magazine
by William Safire
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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... (read more)

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Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis: The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases
Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis: The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases
by Graeme Donald
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Buckley: The Right Word (Harvest Book)
Buckley: The Right Word (Harvest Book)
by William F Jr Buckley
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Buckleys provocative observations on the use and abuse of English, gathered for the first time in a single volume - a “veritable cornucopia of language and logic that belongs in every library” (Library Journal). Edited by Samuel S. Vaughan.... (read more)

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You Say To-ma-to
You Say To-ma-to
by R. W. Jackson
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With subtle, acerbic repartee, Jackson has created a diabolically funny dictionary of words that even the highest officials grapple with. He trains his sardonic sights on everything from political correctness to pop music, corporate culture, foreign... (read more)

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The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics
The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics
by John Pollack
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A former word pun champion's funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on history. The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often... (read more)

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Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
by Bill Bryson
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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... (read more)

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I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World
I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World
by James Geary
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From President Obama's political rhetoric to the housing bubble bust, James Geary proves in this fascinating and entertaining book that every aspect of our experience is molded by metaphor. "It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!" This is one of... (read more)

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Jesse's Word of the Day: From Abacinate to Yonic
Jesse's Word of the Day: From Abacinate to Yonic
by Jesse Sheidlower
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Ever come across a word that doesn't mean what you thought it did? Or just wonder what a deipnosophist is? Perhaps you're curious about the etymology of yadda-yadda-yadda. Whatever your interest, Jesse's Word of the Day is sure to answer even the most... (read more)

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Informal English: Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America
Informal English: Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America
by Jeffrey Kacirk
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Gleaned from antiquated dictionaries, dialect glossaries, studies of folklore, nautical lexicons, historical writings, letters, novels, and miscellaneous sources, Informal English offers a captivating treasure trove of linguistic oddities that will not... (read more)

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Americanisms: The Illustrated Book of Words Made in the U.S.A.
Americanisms: The Illustrated Book of Words Made in the U.S.A.
by Gary Luke
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From "Afro" to "zipper, " this handy illustrated gift book offers a witty survey of words coined in America. 120 photos.... (read more)

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