Word Origins

By John Ayto

The common modern English speaker is familiar with 50,000 phrases. but stripped all the way down to its origins, this it sounds as if large vocabulary is in fact a lot smaller, derived from Latin, French and the Germanic languages. it really is expected that each yr, 800 neologisms are additional to the English language: acronyms (nimby), mixed phrases (motel), and people taken from overseas languages (savoir-faire). specified by an A-Z structure with exact pass references, and written in a mode that's either authoritative and obtainable, notice Origins is a worthy ancient advisor to the English language.

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Research Papers For Dummies

By Geraldine Woods

You are sitting at your table in a school room or in an airless cubicle, brooding about what percentage mins are left in a likely unending day, whilst all at once your instructor or manager lowers the increase: She wishes a study paper, whole with footnotes and an inventory of resources. She wishes accuracy, originality, and reliable grammar. And – gasp! – she wishes ten pages! you will be sixteen years outdated or 60 years previous, yet your response is similar: support!

Take middle. A learn paper could appear daunting, yet it is a far-from-impossible undertaking to complete. Turning study into writing is basically relatively effortless, so long as you persist with a couple of confirmed strategies. and that is the place Research Papers For Dummies steps in to assist. during this easy-to-understand advisor, you discover out easy methods to look for info utilizing either conventional published resources and the digital treasure troves of the web. you furthermore may become aware of how you can take all these bits of knowledge, discarding the inappropriate ones, and positioned them right into a shape that illustrates your element with readability and originality.

Here's only a sampling of the subjects you will find in Research Papers For Dummies:

  • Types of analysis papers, from company experiences to dissertations
  • The uncomplicated constituents of a paper: creation, physique, end, footnotes, and bibliography
  • Note-taking tools whereas doing research
  • Avoiding plagiarism and different examine paper pitfalls
  • Defining your thesis assertion and selecting a constitution in your paper
  • Supporting your argument and drawing an insightful conclusion
  • Revising and sprucing your prose
  • Top Ten lists at the top how one can commence your learn on-line and in print

Research Papers For Dummies additionally comprises an appendix that is choked with study paper principles in case you are stuck.

If you are tasked with writing a examine paper, likelihood is you have already got loads of calls for in your time. you do not need one other large pile of papers to learn. This publication can really prevent time in the end, since it delivers the simplest, quickest, and so much profitable equipment for finishing your paper.

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Beginning Old English

By John Corbett

This easy creation to previous English makes a speciality of how the language works, utilizing obtainable illustrations from surviving texts and exhibiting how good points of present-day English have their roots during this degree of the language. in addition to being up to date, the hot version has been improved to incorporate a bankruptcy on previous English prose and extra texts.

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The Horologicon

By Mark Forsyth

BBC RADIO four ebook OF THE WEEK, learn through HUGH DENNIS The Horologicon (or booklet of hours) grants the main amazing phrases within the English language, prepared in keeping with the hour of the day in the event you really want them. Do you get up feeling tough? Then you`re philogrobolized. Pretending to paintings? That`s fudgelling, which could bring about rizzling when you consider sleepy after lunch, notwithstanding through supper time you've got develop into a gleaming deipnosophist. From Mark Forsyth, writer of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this can be a publication of strange phrases for regular occasions. From ante-jentacular to snudge in terms of quafftide and wamblecropt, eventually you could say, with utter accuracy, precisely what you suggest.

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Improve Your Written English: Master the Essentials of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and Write With Greater Confidence

By Marion Field

Written in brief, available sections, this publication explains the fundamentals of writing sturdy English. It comprises punctuation, sentence building and spelling. you'll tips on how to undertake diversified projects, comparable to writing a record, essay or brief tale. There also are chapters on letter writing, filling in kinds and developing task purposes.

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English Grammar: A University Course (2nd Edition)

By Angela Downing, Philip Locke

This complete and updated descriptive grammar is a whole path for first measure and postgraduate scholars of English, in particular these whose local language isn't English. it's also used as a reference ebook delivering the linguistic foundation for classes and initiatives on translation, contrastive linguistics, stylistics, interpreting and discourse reports. Grammatical utilization is illustrated with real texts from a variety of assets, either spoken and written.
This new version has been completely rewritten and redesigned with many new texts and examples of language in use.
Key beneficial properties include:
· Chapters divided into modules of class-length materials

· a large choice of real texts and transcriptions to demonstrate issues of grammar and to contextualise structure

· transparent bankruptcy and module summaries allowing effective classification instruction and scholar revision

· workouts and subject matters for individuals

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A New Dictionary of Eponyms

By Morton S. Freeman

Do you approve of censoring the works of significant writers? a few could contend that to bowdlerize a very good writer's paintings will be to decrease its total caliber. Others, like Thomas Bowdler, whose eraser danced over each Shakespeare play, may argue that every one modest humans will be capable of learn a good paintings with out blushing. For attacking the classics, Mr. Bowdler has been immortalized because the world's best-known, self-appointed literary censor. and thanks to his efforts the time period bowdlerize has develop into eponymous along with his identify. however, the notice bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing go well with for women--has been a linguistic secret in view that 1947 whilst those fits have been first visible at the shores of the French Riviera, a yr after the USA all started checking out atom bombs at the Bikini atoll of the Marshall Islands. a few surprised humans stated that the influence of the scanty suit on male seashore loungers was once just like the devastating impression of the atomic bomb. Whoosh! a less complicated and extra credible inspiration is that the bold swimsuits resembled the apparel worn via girls at the Bikini atoll.
Created a few century in the past, the time period eponym is itself a coinage from Greek phrases, epi, "on" or "upon," and onama, "a name." yet its broadened that means, as dictionaries set it out, refers to a be aware derived from a formal identify. for example, Salisbury steak--a renowned diner menu merchandise made out of universal hamburger and dressed up with brown gravy to make it extra appealing--is named for James H. Salisbury, an English medical professional who promoted a vitamin of floor pork.
A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of 1000s of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an pleasing and anecdotal kind, and with a foreword by way of Edwin Newman, the ebook features a short biography of the person whose identify grew to become linked to an merchandise or suggestion in addition to info on how and whilst the identify entered the language.
If you have ever puzzled simply the place phrases like cardigan sweater, pamphlet, and robot come from, Morton Freeman does greater than easily outline them--he brings them to life.

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Anglo-Saxon Keywords

By Allen J. Frantzen

Anglo-Saxon Keywords provides a sequence of entries that exhibit the hyperlinks among sleek principles and scholarship and the primary innovations of Anglo-Saxon literature, language, and fabric tradition.

  • Reveals very important hyperlinks among vital suggestions of the Anglo-Saxon interval and matters we expect approximately today
  • Reveals how fabric culture—the heritage of work, medication, know-how, id, masculinity, intercourse, meals, land use—is as very important because the background of ideas
  • Offers a richly theorized process that intersects with many disciplines in and out of medieval studies

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Endangered Phrases: Intriguing Idioms Dangerously Close to Extinction

By Steven D. Price

“Person to individual” (and “station to station”), “bar sinister,” “the weed of crime bears sour fruit,” “between the satan and the deep blue sea,” “will o’ the wisp,” “poor as Job’s turkey” . . . those are only a couple of words that have been as soon as a part of daily speech. even though, because of our evolving language and different cultural alterations, there are thousands of words poised near to extinction. Can such endangered words be kept? And if that is so, why? those are questions Steven D. expense, award-winning writer and prepared observer of the passing linguistic scene, solutions during this tough and eye-catching compilation. it's guaranteed to elevate your appreciation of the English language’s ebb and flow—and improve your individual vocabulary alongside the way.

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Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language

By Kate Burridge

English is the main artistic, changeable and resourceful of languages. a few phrases are invented to satisfy transitority wishes and are quick discarded; others hold meanings hundreds and hundreds of years previous. Language fascinates us, and we spend loads of time fidgeting with it, concocting every little thing from puns, riddles and mystery languages to great prose and poetry. We additionally fear approximately it greatly, having a look up and checking phrases in dictionaries and utilization courses, sometimes arguing approximately definitions. This publication celebrates our skill to play with language, in addition to reading the methods we use it: in slang and jargon, swearing, conversing the unspeakable, or concealing disagreeable or inconvenient evidence. it's a publication for looking, for locating beguiling snippets approximately language, heritage and social customs, and for utilizing as a powerful weapon in observe video games.

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