Titles and Forms of Address
A Guide to Correct Use
At a time when long-established conventions in speech and correspondence are being eroded, there are still formal and social occasions when it is necessary to know and understand correct usage. This guide from the publishers of Who’s Who sets out forms of address for men and women with ranks, honours and official appointments. It includes simpler forms appropriate to email and there is guidance on replying to formal invitations and the pronunciation of tricky proper names.
Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik
In this potted tour through the nooks and crannies of the English language, renowned etymologist Bill Casselman considers the difference between a petard and a queef, and explains why you might want to avoid a pilliwinks. From nautical slang to sporting cliche to 'words of exquisite rarity', his book – part-lexicon, part rumination – revels in the language's eccentric history.
Great Authors: Charles Dickens
Three DVD Set
This BBC box set explores Charles Dickens’s colourful life and work in three films: a drama-documentary presented by Dickens’s biographer, Peter Ackroyd; a dramatized narration of A Christmas Carol and a 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield, the most autobiographical of the novels, starring Bob Hoskins and Daniel Radcliffe. 3 DVDs total duration 8 hrs 30 min.
Make Do and Mend
A Yesteryear Scrapbook
Recycling bones, patching up bomb-damaged buildings, fashioning a new hat out of an old trilby or collecting saucepans to make Spitfires... Pathe news items got across the wartime government's message to 'make do and mend' and popular songs took up the theme: this CD includes George Formby's I Did What I Could With My Gas Mask and Arthur Askey's The Thing-Ummy-Bob as well as a public service broadcast on saving bathwater. DVD.
Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule
What is the difference between Murphy’s Law and Sod’s Law? Why is the Pooh-Pooh Theory implausible? Will we fall victim to the Skyscraper Index? In chapters on everything from politics and economics to scuba diving, Philip Gooden sets out informal laws, unwritten rules and theories, and reveals their origins, the people responsible and what they mean – unless they are as inexplicable as Herblock’s Law: If it’s good, they’ll stop making it.