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  • Motherfocloir
    Motherfocloir (English, Hardback) Darach O'Seaghdha

    A humorous investigation of the Irish language.

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  • The Meaning of Liff
    The Meaning of Liff (English, Hardback) Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's classic humour book, revised and updated and including The Deeper Meaning of Liff

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  • The Elements of Eloquence
    The Elements of Eloquence (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    Mark Forsyth's `sparkling' (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph) and idiosyncratically brilliant third book.

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  • A History of the English Language
    A History of the English Language (English, Paperback) Albert C. Baugh, Thomas Cable

    **NOT FOR SALE IN THE USA, CANADA OR THE PHILIPPINES** A History of the English Language explores the linguistic and cultural development of English from the Roman conquest of England to the present day to provide a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of its history. This best-selling classic textbook has been revised and updated and encourages the reader to develop both an...

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  • Mother Tongue
    Mother Tongue (English, Paperback) Bill Bryson

    Presenting a tour of English from its mongrel origins to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, this book covers curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn and as flexible to use.

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  • Through the Language Glass
    Through the Language Glass (English, Paperback) Guy Deutscher

    "Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguistics... Observer*Does language reflect the culture of a society? A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.

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  • Red Herrings and White Elephants
    Red Herrings and White Elephants (Paperback) Albert Jack

    Have you ever wondered what phrases such as 'square meal', 'load of old codswallop', 'egg on your face' or 'in the limelight' mean? Where do they come from? Have you ever taken a moment to wonder what we say actually means? This book explains the origins of hundreds of common phrases.

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  • What Made The Crocodile Cry?
    What Made The Crocodile Cry? (English, Paperback) Susie Dent

    Sparkling with insight and linguistic curiosity, this delightful compendium answers 101 of the most intriguing questions about the English language, from word origins and spelling to grammar and usage. Irresistible to anyone with an interest in the words around them.

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  • The Etymologicon
    The Etymologicon (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    The massive Christmas 2011 bestseller and Radio 4 Book of the Week

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  • Dent's Modern Tribes
    Dent's Modern Tribes (Paperback) Susie Dent

    Learn how to decode the private languages that are swapped around us every day - amongst cabbies and paramedics, soap stars and comedians, cricketers and barristers - in Susie Dent's unique and witty guide to Britain's modern tribes.

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  • The Unfolding Of Language
    The Unfolding Of Language (English, Paperback) Guy Deutscher

    'Language is mankind's greatest invention - except of course, that it was never invented.' So begins Guy Deutscher's fascinating investigation into the evolution of language.

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  • Coming Home
    Coming Home (English, Paperback) Michael McCaughan

    Packed with anecdotes and exercises,this is the story of Michael McCaughan's journey through the Irish language - the ups and downs, the breakthroughs and setbacks - and a guide for others anxious to follow in his footsteps and strike out in search of the gra.

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  • Other-Wordly
    Other-Wordly (English, Hardback) Yee-Lum Mak, Kelsey Garrity-Riley

    Shares definitions of words from many languages that describe very specific phenomena, including the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, the urge to look into other people's windows, and flirtatious talk that leads nowhere.

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  • English for Journalists
    English for Journalists (English, Paperback) Wynford Hicks

    English for Journalists has established itself in newsrooms the world over as an invaluable guide to the basics of English and to those aspects of writing, such as reporting speech, house style and jargon, which are specific to the language of journalism....

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  • Tamil
    Tamil (English, Hardback) David Shulman

    Spoken by eighty million people, Tamil is one of the great world languages, and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother tongue. David Shulman presents a comprehensive cultural history of Tamil, emphasizing how its speakers and poets have understood the unique features of their language over its long history.

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  • Spell It Out
    Spell It Out (English, Paperback) David Crystal

    Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign cars, and it stuck. This book takes you on a journey through English spelling.

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  • Business Bullshit
    Business Bullshit (English, Paperback) Andre Spicer

    Our organizations are flooded with empty talk. We are constantly "going forward" to lands of "deliverables", stopping off on the "journey" to "drill down" into "best practice". Being an expert at using management speak has become more important in corporate life than delivering long lasting results. The upshot is that meaningless corporate jargon is killing our organizations....

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  • The Story of English in 100 Words
    The Story of English in 100 Words (English, Paperback) 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 ('fopdoodle'), the author takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

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  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?
    Is That a Fish in Your Ear? (English, Paperback) David Bellos

    How do we really make ourselves understood to other people? This book shows how, from puns to poetry, news bulletins to the Bible, Asterix to Swedish films, translation is at the heart of everything we do - and makes us who we are.

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  • A Conspiracy of Ravens
    A Conspiracy of Ravens (English, Hardback) Thomas Bewick

    Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, birds of prey and garden favourites, this beautifully presented collection will delight both bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.

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