Avoid Them Like the Plague
A Book of Cliches
From ‘affluent society’ to ‘zero-sum game’, Nigel Fountain lays bare the origins, meanings and misuse of around 150 familiar phrases. Whether explaining the scientific basis of 'pushing the envelope' or the business credentials of 'bottom line', the book offers cogent arguments for cleaning up our vocabulary and simply abandoning some of the worst offenders. Previously in Postscript as Cliches.
Dictionary of Accounting
In clear, simple English, this dictionary covers more than 6,000 terms relating to accounting, from personal finance and investments to company accounts, balance sheets and stock valuations. Many entries include examples and quotations from journals showing the words used in context, and there is a supplement with sample financial documents and a list of industry contacts.
A Miscellany of Latin and Greek Phrases
Since the Renaissance, Latin has been the traditional language of Western medicine, incorporating many technical terms from ancient Greek, so that it provides most of the baffling anatomical terms and diagnostic labels still used by doctors today. From the abdomen (which ‘hides the entrails’) to zygomaticus major and minor (the pair of muscles we use to smile), this guide explains the origins and meaning of medical words, phrases and proverbs.
Who Was Who
Volume IV: 1941-1950
Since 1897, when it first included biographical entries instead of a simple list of names, Who's Who has been an invaluable source of information on the careers of people from every walk of life and all parts of the world - while they lived. This fourth volume of Who Was Who contains the biographies of those who died during the decade 1941 to 1950. The entries are as they last appeared in Who's Who, plus the date of death and occasionally some revision.
Old Wives' Lore
A Book of Old-Fashioned Tips and Remedies
With remedies for a vast range of problems – including arthritis, depression, stain removal, slugs and aphids – and histories of ailments and folk cures (some of which are quite lethal), this is an interesting survey of old lore as well as a practical guide for those willing to try lemon balm and raw onions before resorting to over-the-counter drugs.
Sherlock Holmes Everlasting Diary
With apposite quotations from the Holmes stories or information about Arthur Conan Doyle on every page, along with Sidney Paget’s original illustrations from The Strand magazine, this perpetual diary would be excellent for recording birthdays and anniversaries - Ma and Pa’s wedding forever remembered on the day of Ryder’s desperate plea in The Blue Carbuncle. The diary is bound in red linen with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.
501 German Verbs
One of Barron’s bestselling foreign language guides, this book contains the 501 most common German verbs, alphabetically arranged, with one verb per page, apart from more detailed coverage for the ‘Essential 55' verbs such as sein (to be), haben (to have) and kennen(to know). Each verb is fully conjugated in all the tenses in an easy-to-learn format, with examples of its usage. Plus verb tests, indexes and a CD-ROM of exercises, with answers.
Collins 2017 Big Road Atlas: Britain
For anyone who feels happier if there is a map in the car, here is the Collins 2017 Big Road Atlas, with 88 pages of large scale mapping (3.2 miles to 1 inch) covering England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands. It also has route planning maps, 64 town and city maps, plans of major airports, M25 and Birmingham orbital motorway maps and information on facilities such as motorway services, Park & Ride and speed cameras. Plus a distance chart and index.
The Story of Spanish
Spanish is the official language of 21 countries on two continents - and the unofficial second language of the United States. But how did a quirky dialect spoken by remote cattle farmers gain such widespread popularity? The authors investigate the mesh of cultural influences that created the modern language, from ancient Celts and Phoenicians to today's hugely popular telenovelas. They also describe the development of 'Spanglish' and efforts to produce a standard form of the language that can be understood internationally.
Oxford Dictionary of Law
An authoritative source of jargon-free information, this bestselling dictionary contains over 4,200 entries explaining the major terms, concepts, processes and organization of the English legal system. The A-Z also contains in-depth entries on key topics such as the appeals system, bankruptcy law and the Terrorism Acts, and a writing and citation guide to help with legal essays and reports.
The Timeline Atlas
World History + Maps & Flags of Today's World
Beginning with a concise summary of our knowledge about the universe, the solar system and the physical geography of Earth, this reference book covers both time and space: the timeline and world history trace key events from early human settlement to the conflicts of 2014 in illustrated double-page spreads; the atlas has over 160 pages of maps and an index; and the guide to the world's flags includes basic facts about each country's area, population, capital, government, religions and currency.
I Dare Say
Inside Stories of the World's Most Powerful Speeches
At key moments in history the oratory of individual men and women has inspired new hope, courage and resolve. Ranging from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech, this compilation presents the words of politicians, campaigners for women's rights, a former slave and a pope, together with information on the historical background to each speech and its immediate and long-term consequences.
Opening Pandora's Box
Phrases Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories Behind Them
We might know what it means to be 'under the aegis', but what was the aegis? In this A-Z of classical allusion, Ferdie Addis has gathered together words and phrases, such as chimera, Croesus, hoi polloi and lotus eaters, that so enrich modern English, and he tells of their weird and wonderful origins in ancient history and Greek and Roman mythology.
How to Pass
Advanced Verbal Reasoning Tests, Numeracy Tests and Graduate Psychometric Tests: each of these three How to Pass books contains an enormous collection of practice questions (500 each for psychometric and verbal reasoning, 350 for numeracy) designed to help candidates prepare for the sort of rigorous tests used by employers. As well as questions, there are realistic practice tests, advice and exercises to help build up speed, accuracy and confidence.
The Story of French
The Language that Travelled the World
As the language of both high culture and radical politics, French has been an international force at crucial periods of history. Tracing its development through 16 centuries, this book’s Canadian authors highlight the unique and puzzling characteristics of French, meet speakers across the globe, explore the cultural exchange between francophones and anglophones and consider the language’s future in a world increasingly dominated by English. Previously published as Plus ca Change.
The O Level Book
O levels were taken in Britain between 1951 and 1988 and are often considered by the people who took them to have been much harder than the GCSEs that replaced them. Whether this is true or not can be put to the test by studying this book, which collates sample questions from O level exams set between 1955 and 1959 in English, Maths, History, Geography, General Science, Music and Household Cookery.
A Treasury of Yorkshire Dialect Quotations
Drawing on the dialect almanacs which were popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Ian Dewhirst has assembled hundreds of examples of Yorkshire folk's down-to-earth wit and wisdom. They are arranged under such headings as 'Marriage', 'Drink' and 'Politics', so you can find just the right pithy saying for many an occasion. But remember, 'If yov nowtta say doant say it.'
The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names
Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society
Arranged alphabetically from Aballava (the Roman fort at Burgh-by-Sands) to Zone Point, Cornwall, this is a totally new compilation of English place names and their meanings and etymologies, based on the archives of the English Place-Name Society and recent scholarship. It contains entries for cities, towns, villages and hamlets, and for geographical features such as rivers, streams and hills, all with National Grid references and historical and variant spellings. First published in 2004. This reprint edition is exclusive to Postscript. Previously published at ú330.00 Laminated cover.
A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words
Compliment or complement? Stationary or stationery? This entertaining and sympathetic (or empathetic?) A-to-Z guide lists common mistakes, with their Embarrassment Rating, an explanation of why they are troublesome and tips on how to avoid perpetrating (or perpetuating?) them.
World's Most Difficult Quiz 2
What garden evokes manual pallor? Where does the gold fin not wink? Who or what is pit-pit? Since 1904, pupils of King William's College on the Isle of Man have been sent home for the Christmas holidays with a fiendish quiz. Its popularity led to its publication first in The Times and, from 1951, in the Guardian. This book presents 30 sets of 180 questions dating from the 1920s to 1980s (pre-Google!).
Solve the Clues to Complete the Puzzles!
Blending word power with logic, the 100 puzzles in this book are a variation on sudoku where, instead of numbers, each group of nine squares must be filled with letters in the correct order to eventually reveal a word that is the solution to the puzzle.
Tutankhamun's Book of Puzzles
Riddles and Enigmas Inspired by the Great Pharaoh
'Pleaser of the Gods, consider this arrangement of beams, rods and weights...'. Journey back through the millennia to the era of the pharaohs, pyramids and hieroglyphs to unlock the mysteries of the Nile with this book of puzzles. Graded according to difficulty, they range from how to measure a pile of sand to how to spot a fake image of the god Anubis.
Oranges and Lemons
Rhymes from Past Times
In the earliest recorded version of the rhyme London Bridge, from 1744, the first line is 'London Bridge is broken down', no doubt referring directly to the decrepit state of the 12th-century crossing at that date. This diverting volume investigates the origins of nursery rhymes, playground songs and children's ditties from the mists of medieval folklore to the inventions of more modern authors.
Everyday Spanish and English Dictionary
Revised and updated to reflect Spanish as it is spoken today, this new edition of Vox's classic dictionary contains more than 38,000 headwords and phrases and 60,000 translations, with numerous examples of correct usage and a section devoted to Spanish verb conjugation tables and a guide to pronunciation. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
New Words for Old
Recycling Our Language for the Modern World
If we need a term for something new, we can invent a completely new word, adapt one that already exists, combine two words, or unearth and polish up some long-forgotten item of vocabulary. Taggart's book celebrates the linguistic versatility that created 'brunch' and 'breathalyser', 'selfie' and 'sitcom'; traces the changing definitions of such words as 'web' and 'hardware'; and asks how 'blue', 'green' and 'red' acquired metaphorical meanings.
Improve Your Word Power
By the age of ten most English-speaking children have amassed recognition vocabularies of 20,000 words, but the accumulation of language typically reduces dramatically in adult life. Promoting the value of an expressive and varied use of English, this book presents a series of exercises, introducing less common words, examining nuances of usage and explaining etymologies to help you remember new words and use them in practical situations.
With some 300,000 synonyms and antonyms listed under 40,000 headings, the first part of the Encarta Thesaurus provides fast, clear and up-to-date answers to the question: Which word or phrase can I use instead of this one? The second part answers a different question: Which words relate to this one? The innovative 'Thematic Section' comprises 1,200 themes under five main headings including 'Concepts and Ideas' and 'The World Around Us', and lists over 50,000 related terms.
The Times Desktop Atlas of the World
With over 110 pages of beautifully clear mapping, the Desktop Atlas provides the authority, outstanding quality and attention to detail of all Times atlases in a convenient, smaller format. The world and regional maps are accompanied by thematic sections including the list of states and territories with statistics of area, population etc; maps and statistical information on the continents and oceans; and world surveys of climate, environment, population and telecommunications; plus a comprehensive index of places. No jacket.
The Language Wars
A History of Proper English
For centuries bitter arguments have raged over the correct usage of English, with ideas of correctness often having more to do with morality and politics than language itself. In a witty, combative and thought-provoking book, Hitchings presents the most persistent disputes, asking where ideas of 'proper' English have come from and assessing their implications for our relationships, work and freedoms.
The Art of Discovery
Johann Burckhardt's discovery of Petra in 1812; Henri Mouhot overwhelmed by his first sight of the temples of Angkor Wat; the search for the elusive source of the Nile; or retracing a vanishing Route 66 across the USA... These are among the 20 journeys of discovery described here and accompanied by full-page reproductions of the maps that inspired or led the adventurers. 'With a map anything is possible', writes Matteoli. 'We open it as we would a novel.'
The Marriage Feast at Cana
A jewel-like miniature, surrounded by colourful foliage with birds and drolleries, The Marriage Feast at Cana is from a 15th century Book of Hours from Savoy. The illumination is magnificently reproduced in colour on the embossed foil covers of this journal - one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
The Illustrated Book of Children's Verse
This anthology is in four parts - fable poems, animal poems, bedtime poems and poems of the natural world - and includes such famous works as Lear's Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The Tyger by Blake and Robert Louis Stevenson's Land of Counterpane, illustrated by 19th century paintings of children and animals. The cover shows the girl and peacocks from A Moorish Garden by Frederick Leighton. Age 10+
A Book of Days
Every page embellished with medieval ornament and miniatures from manuscripts in the British Library collections, this Book of Days can be used to record birthdays, anniversaries and annual events. It is arranged with one week to one page, always with a facing painting. The cover shows the Annunciation, set in a field of flowers, from the 15th century Book of Hours, Use of Sarum.
The Usual Suspects
and Other Cliches
Cliches: over-used, abused, and sniffed at by school teachers - or are they valuable linguistic shorthand, summing up in a few words what otherwise would take twenty? In this A-Z, lexicographer Betty Kirkpatrick explains the stories behind and the usage of more than 1,500 phrases, old and new, from what is 'essentially a lawless part of the English language'. First published as The Dictionary of Cliches in 1996. Second edition.
I Used to Know That: Shakespeare
Stuff You Forgot from School
Everybody remembers Romeo and Juliet's love story and Hamlet's famous laments, but do you know who was the first character to be deemed 'dead as a doornail'? Or who Shakespeare's sonnets were written for? With a brief life of the playwright, bite-sized synopses of all his plays and chapters on his legacy to language, his poetry and common misquotations, this is an ideal refresher course on the Bard.
Compact Oxford Thesaurus
Third edition, revised.
An invaluable tool for anyone who writes for a living or for pleasure, this compact edition of the Oxford Thesaurus has some very useful new features. As well as the thousands of clearly laid out synonyms and antonyms, there are 'Word Link' panels with words related to the headwork (eg. as 'dermatology' is related to 'skin'), a section on how to use a thesaurus to best advantage and a final section of quick reference word lists. No jacket.
Secrets of Codes
'We are all proficient cryptoanalysts' writes Paul Lunde, and his entertaining and visually exciting book demonstrates how coded information pervades our lives, whether we are learning to speak or generating keys for digital encryption. This illustrated survey of how codes of every sort have been used to convey information - from early writing systems to cutting edge computing - investigates topics as diverse as the Rosslyn Chapel, Maya symbols and flag signals, cracking Enigma, mapmaking and the genetic code.
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
With an alphabetical listing of 7,000 main entry words, 60,000 alternatives and 6,000 antonyms (words opposite in meaning), this convenient dictionary is designed for students, people writing reports, letters and speeches and crossword fans. The listings include numbered senses for words with more than one meaning, British and American spelling variants and colloquial terms are marked '(informal)'.
I Told You I Was Ill
Woody Allen said, 'I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens'; but somebody was there to record these last words of the famous. Describing the circumstances of their dying, the collection ranges from the profound to the humorous - from Georg Hegel's withering statement to his student, 'Only you have ever understood me - and you got it wrong', to Oscar Wilde's parting threat, 'Either this wallpaper goes or I do'.
The I Used to Know That Activity Book
Stuff You Forgot from School
Just for fun, you understand, here are tests on English language and literature, history, geography, maths, science and general studies. You did know this stuff once - it's just a matter of bringing it out of those dusty cerebral filing cabinets. Do not look at the answers at the back until you are really stuck.
Mucha: Cowslip and Documents Decoratifs
One of Alphonse Mucha's series of girls with flowers, Cowslip is paired with a border based on his Documents Decoratifs to create a magnificently embossed foil cover for this journal. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
A Universal Language
From company logos to flags to punctuation marks, symbols are all around us, yet we rarely question their origins. In this concise, illustrated guide, Joseph Piercy delves into the secret histories of the signs we take for granted, and explains the origins of many political and cultural symbols such as the swastika, the shamrock and the Olympic rings.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
This is the first printed supplement to the Oxford DNB (2004) and includes entries on 819 men and women who shaped recent British history and who died between 2001 and 2004. The earliest person by birth date is the dancer and choreographer Dame Ninette de Valois (1898-2001), but the majority of subjects grew up in the interwar years. Among the notable figures in this supplement are Barbara Castle, John Peel, Francis Crick and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. No jacket.