Find yourself pretending to work? That’s fudgelling. From mark forsyth, the author of the #1 international bestseller, The Etymologicon, comes a book of weird words for familiar situations. The horologicon or book of hours contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them.
Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language - Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner.
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English LanguageBerkley - Berkley Trade. This witty book will awake the linguist in you and illuminate the hidden meanings behind common words and phrases, tracing their evolution through all of their surprising paths throughout history. This perfect gift for readers, writers, and literature majors alike unearths the quirks of the English language.
For example, do you know why a mortgage is literally a “death pledge”? why guns have girls’ names? Why “salt” is related to “soldier”? Discover the answers to all of these etymological questions and more in this fascinating book for fans of of Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language.
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - It explains how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what, precisely, the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.
The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of PhraseBerkley - Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say—you simply need to say it well. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde.
Berkley Publishing Group. In an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance, this is a book that highlights the importance of style. Berkley Trade. From the #1 international bestselling author of the etymologicon and the horologicon comes an education in the art of articulation, even from Jesus to James Bond, from the King James Bible to Katy Perry…From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! My Captain!” or “To be or not to be”—memorable.
Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language WordsArcade - What is the link between map and apron, secret and crime? did you know that crimson originally comes from the name of tiny scale insects, acrobat and oxygen, the kermes, flour and pollen, a thin sheet of metal, ” and is a not-too- distant cousin of the word laminate? That jeans find their antecedent in jean fustian, zeal and jealousy, from whose dried bodies a red dyestuff is made? That Yankee began as a nickname for Dutchmen? That omelette evolved from amulette, meaning a cotton fabric from Genoa”?The Dictionary of Word Origins uncovers the hidden and often surprising connection between words.
Berkley Publishing Group. They also contain an extensive selection of words whose life histories are intrinsically fascinating or instructive. Written in a clear and informative style, the more than 8, 000 articles reveal the origins of and links between some of the most common English-language words. Berkley Trade.
Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words - This dictionary shows how modern english has developed from its Indo-European roots and how the various influences on the languagefrom migration and invasion to exploration, technology, trade, and scholarshiphave intermingled. Arcade Publishing. It is an invaluable addition to any English or linguistics library.
The Elements of EloquenceIcon Books Ltd - Berkley Publishing Group. Arcade Publishing. Icon books. Berkley Trade. Mark forsyth's sparkling' Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph and idiosyncratically brilliant third book.
A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the PresentThree Rivers Press - Berkley Publishing Group. Arcade Publishing. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. Icon books. From the internationally bestselling author of the etymologicon, or to control, throughout history, each civilization has found a way to celebrate, the eternal human drive to get sloshedAlmost every culture on earth has drink, a lively and fascinating exploration of how, and where there's drink there's drunkenness.
Berkley Trade. Making stops all over the world, marvel at how greeks got giddy and sumerians got sauced, learn about the neolithic shamans, A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century, who drank to communicate with the spirit world no pun intended, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.
A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present - But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work.
Dictionary of the Strange, Curious & LovelyCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - Arcade Publishing. A dictionary of english's 3500 most interesting and/or beautiful words. Words that sound cool and have interesting definitions. Learn unusual but useful and lovely English words such as chiliad, chirm, psithurisim, delphian, circumcrescent, petrichor, squillion and tourbillion. A perfect gift for word lovers, writers, college students, and all who enjoy learning and appreciating more of the English language.
Berkley Publishing Group. Includes some poetical quotes showing usage and select etymologies. Berkley Trade. Weird words, unusual words, interesting words, obscure vocabulary - that lovely fringe of English whose words you most want to enjoy and share. Icon books.
English Words from Latin and Greek ElementsUniversity of Arizona Press - Arcade Publishing. Since 1965, donald ayers' english words from latin and Greek Elements has helped thousands of students to a broader vocabulary by showing them how to recognize classical roots in modern English words. Icon books. Used book in Good Condition. The importance of learning classical word roots is already acknowledged by vocabulary texts that devote chapters to them.
It promotes more practice with roots so that students learn to use them as tools in their everyday encounters with new words. Berkley Publishing Group. Berkley Trade. Its success has been demonstrated at both the secondary and college levels, and it can be used effectively with students in remedial or accelerated programs.
English Words from Latin and Greek Elements - Why a whole book based on this approach? Ayers' text exposes students to a wider range of roots, introduces new English words in context sentences, and reinforces vocabulary through exercises. Its second edition, has confirmed that vocabulary is best taught by root, published in 1986, not rote. An instructor's Manual gratis with adoption and a Workbook are also available.
English words is written from the standpoint of English; it neither attempts to teach students Latin or Greek nor expects a knowledge of classical languages on the part of instructors.
A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide TraditionsPenguin UK - Berkley Trade. Used book in Good Condition. And we would never have guessed that the invention of Christmas crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers. Luckily, mark forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense—in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.
For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, means "Go away, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, Christ. Nor do we know that christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on March 28—and only moved to December 25 in 354 AD.
A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions - Icon books. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. Berkley Publishing Group. Arcade Publishing. Viking.
I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and SimilesHarper - It is one of the oldest activities of humankind—and one of the most impressive when done skillfully. Throughout history, many masters of metaphor have crafted observations that are so spectacular they have taken up a permanent residence in our minds. Arcade Publishing. Viking. Icon books. Berkley Trade. Used book in Good Condition.
. Mardy grothe fixes his attention on the three superstars of figurative language—analogies, metaphors, and similes. In i never metaphor I Didn't Like, quotation maven Dr. The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes - Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. Describing something by relating it to another thing is the essence of metaphorical thought. In chapters on wit, love, and more, sex, sports, insults, stage and screen, politics, you will find quotations from Aristotle and Maya Angelou to George Washington and Oprah Winfrey.
Berkley Publishing Group. The result is an extraordinary compilation of nearly 2, 000 feats of association that will entertain, educate, and occasionally inspire quotation lovers everywhere. In this intellectual smorgasbord, the author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee explains figurative language in a refreshingly down-to-earth way before taking readers on a tour of history's greatest word pictures.
The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in BetweenMango - Icon books. While author patrick foote, doesn’t claim to know everything, of the YouTube channel also called Name Explain, he has garnered a lot of knowledge about language over the years and he’s excited to get to share it with you in this new format. Be entertained by education: Learning doesn’t have to be boring.
Full of pictures and packed with great information, The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between has a variety of topics that are bound to intrigue anyone interested in the origins of the words we use every day. Find fun facts: the origin of names, Words and Everything in Between is full of interesting facts that are great to keep in your mental pocket.
The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between - Arcade Publishing. From countries and cities to toys and animals to even planets, learn the etymology of interesting words in a fun and entertaining way. Learn new things: why is new york called New York? The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between has the answer for you. With his fun sense of humor, Patrick explains each name with jokes and quips you’re bound to enjoy.
Viking. Used book in Good Condition. 1 amazon new release! ─ the origins of names explainedexplore the world of names: What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between, you can learn the origins of these names.