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.
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.
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.
You Say Potato
A Book About Accents
Everyone has an accent, though many of us think that we don't. What does our accent say about us – and what do we assume about other people when we hear theirs? Actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English, from Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation. Authoritative and packed with anecdotes, this book celebrates the rich variety of the English language.
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.
The Disappearing Dictionary
A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words
Professor Crystal’s celebration of English dialects also celebrates the seminal achievement of Joseph Wright and The English Dialect Dictionary (6 volumes, 1898–1903). Crystal has taken 900 of Wright’s words and expressions whose meanings remain relevant today: from abbey-lubber (an idle person) to zwodder (a drowsy, stupid state of mind), he describes their meanings, etymology and usage and, hopefully, gives them a new lease of life. A geographical index follows the A–Z.
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.
An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist
A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States
Across the globe there are places without diplomatic recognition or UN membership, that function semi-autonomously and are considered countries by their inhabitants. They lie on the margin of legitimacy but, as this atlas shows, can be visited in the real world. Arranged by continent, the book presents maps and details of the size, political status, location, population and language of 50 shadow states, including Antarctica, Rapa Nui (an island annexed by Chile), and the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria.