It's Been Said Before
A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés
While most people agree that clichés are to be avoided, there is no general agreement on what is and what is not a cliché. For the lexicographer Orin Hargraves they are 'the sterile offspring of a mind that is not engaged in creativity', and by analysing hundreds of examples he presents a thorough guide to identifying tired, overused phrases that prompts us to examine how we express our ideas and to construct our speech and writing thoughtfully.
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.
Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary
You will need a fairly large pocket, because this is a substantial Italian/English, English/Italian dictionary, designed to meet the needs of students, tourists and anyone in need of quick and reliable translations, with the focus on everyday, idiomatic English and Italian. In addition to the main listings, this edition has an A–Z of Italian life and culture and notes on letter-writing, text messaging and online navigation in Italian.
Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through
the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
Beginning with 'From swelt to zonk: words for dying', this book follows the semantic development of words in timelines for each of 15 topics, using an extraordinary linguistic tool: The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves and Symbols
Focusing on arcane and curious aspects of language, Blake's intriguing book 'explores the reasons for obscurity and secrecy, and touches on some of the fascinating beliefs that underlie the constraints on using language freely'. He begins with word games and the former uses of anagrams and palindromes, then discusses topics including riddles, ciphers and codes, secret language in the Bible, allusion, and the 'everyday oblique' such as euphemism and oxymora.
All That Matters
What is stress, how can we understand it, and how can we strip away the myths that surround it? Here a leading health psychologist presents a concise and accessible introduction to stress, explaining what produces it, why people vary in their response to stress, its short- and long-term effects, its relation to physiological illness and its flipside – the relaxation response. Part of the All That Matters series.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Index of Contributors
Covering biographies from the earliest time to the year 2000, the Index of Contributors lists the authors of entries published in the Oxford DNB in September 2004, and shows which articles each wrote or revised. In earlier editions of the DNB (published between 1885 and 1900) articles were signed with initials; in the Index, these have been converted to full names. No jacket.
Oxford Atlas of the World
Opening with an urgently topical section on the future of the oceans, this authoritative, comprehensive atlas is packed with up-to-date statistical information. Around a substantial main section of country maps arranged by continent are thematic features on topics such as globalization, conflict, food supply and the refugee crisis; 32 pages of large-scale city maps; a gazetteer of all the world's 200-plus nations; tables showing national and city populations and income; and 16 stunning new satellite images of the Earth's surface.
From Bonbon to Cha-cha
Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
One of the most distinctive characteristics of English is the number of words it has borrowed – and continues to borrow – from other languages, originally and most notably from Latin and French but now from every corner of the world. From the frequently used veranda to the less familiar quinquennium, from the longstanding vade mecum to the recent doosra, this authoritative dictionary gives the meaning and history of 5,000 words or phrases drawn from over 40 languages.