Download E-books Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words PDF

By John Ayto

What is the hyperlink among map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, flour and pollen, mystery and crime? do you know that pink initially comes from the identify of tiny scale bugs, the kermes, from whose dried our bodies a pink dyestuff is made? That Yankee started as a nickname for Dutchmen? That omelette developed from amulette, “a skinny sheet of metal,” and is a not-too- far away cousin of the be aware laminate? That denims locate their antecedent in jean fustian, that means “a cotton textile from Genoa”?

The Dictionary of be aware Origins uncovers the hidden and sometimes remarkable connection among phrases. Written in a transparent and informative kind, the greater than 8,000 articles exhibit the origins of and hyperlinks among the most universal English-language phrases. in addition they include an intensive choice of phrases whose existence histories are intrinsically interesting or instructive. This dictionary indicates how glossy English has built from its Indo-European roots and the way a number of the impacts at the language—from migration and invasion to exploration, alternate, expertise, and scholarship—have intermingled. it's a useful addition to any English or linguistics library.

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Download E-books The American Heritage Book of English Usage: A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English PDF

For the 1st time, the editors of the acclaimed American Heritage(R) Dictionary have utilized their efforts to note utilization as its personal topic. the result's this functional advisor that comes with chapters on grammar, kind, diction, gender, social teams, pronunciation, note formation, technology phrases, and an issue and a be aware index.

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Download E-books Pardon My German! PDF

From the colloquial to the vulgar, Pardon My German! comprises all these phrases that you just did not study at school and may by no means use in well mannered corporation. An unabashed and unprudish dictionary, it allow you to discover the seamier aspect of the language. ensure your idioms and insults make you sound like a local and that you just comprehend your Scheiß out of your Scheiße.

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Download E-books Historical Dictionary of Hobbes's Philosophy (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series) PDF

By Juhana Lemetti

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is among the most vital early glossy thinkers. even though Hobbes is healthier identified for Leviathan (1651) and the idea of absolute sovereignty, his works talk about almost the entire significant difficulties of philosophy in addition to technology and arithmetic, and comprise the translations of classical texts like Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, a verse church historical past, and diverse essays. Hobbes spent so much of his grownup existence within the provider of the influential Cavendish family.

The Historical Dictionary of Hobbes's Philosophy bargains a accomplished consultant to the numerous elements of Hobbes's paintings. via its chronology, introductory essay, bibliography, and hundreds and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on options, humans, works, and technical phrases, Hobbes's effect on philosophy and comparable fields is made available to the reader during this must-have reference. meant as a connection with find out about specific features of Hobbes, it additionally serves as a short advisor to envision details and locate the appropriate secondary literature on Hobbes. it really is an exceptional entry element for college students, researchers, and someone desirous to recognize extra approximately Thomas Hobbes.

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Download E-books Common Mistakes in English: With Exercises (Grammar Reference) PDF

By T. J. Fitikides

Universal blunders in English takes greater than 550 examples of common mistakes (for instance, phrases which are frequently burdened, misused, or used with the inaccurate preposition) and provides an accurate model and clarification that would support scholars keep away from making an identical errors themselves. a useful e-book for college students who're willing to 'get it correct' each time. * bargains right types and reasons for greater than 550 average blunders * thoroughly up to date to mirror smooth English utilization.

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Download E-books Singapore English (Dialects of English EUP) PDF

By David Deterding

Over the last few many years, Singapore English has been rising as an autonomous number of English with its personal particular variety of pronunciation, grammar and observe usage.

All the findings offered within the e-book are illustrated with wide examples from one hour of recorded conversational info from the Lim Siew Hwee Corpus of casual Singapore Speech, in addition to a few extracts from the NIE Corpus of Spoken Singapore Speech and up to date blogs. moreover, utilization styles present in the information are summarised, to supply a high-quality starting place for the said incidence of varied positive aspects of the language. a whole transcript of the information is integrated within the ultimate bankruptcy of the book.

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Download E-books Faux Pas: a No-Nonsense Guide to Word and Phrases From Other Languages PDF

By Philip Gooden

Winner of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English talking Union English Language e-book Award 2006. An award profitable language e-book, it is a full of life and fascinating disclose at the overseas phrases and words that populate our language. every one access provides a translation of the expression, the language of foundation, pronunciation, an insightful touch upon utilization, plus illuminating examples from the clicking. A Pretentiousness Index may help you stay away from committing the final word fake pas(!). when you've got ever been bamboozled by means of a overseas note or word, or just are looking to boost your vocabulary with a few good selected bons mots, then this is often the booklet for you. millions of international phrases were absorbed into the English language from the typical (kowtow) to the quite vague (auto-da-fe). fake Pas? specializes in widely used phrases and expressions in addition to those who are new, curious or a laugh.

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Download E-books Almost Chosen People: Oblique Biographies in the American Grain PDF

By Michæl Zuckerman

Few historians are daring sufficient to move after America's sacred cows of their own pastures. yet Michael Zuckerman isn't any usual historian, and this choice of his essays isn't any usual book.

In his attempt to remake the which means of the yank culture, Zuckerman takes the total sweep of yankee historical past for his province. The essays during this assortment, together with by no means ahead of released and a brand new autobiographical advent, variety from early New England settlements to the hallowed corridors of recent Washington. between his matters are Puritans and Southern gentry, Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Spock, P. T. Barnum and Ronald Reagan. gathering scammers and scoundrels, racists and rebels, in addition to the purest genius, he writes to catch the unadorned American character.

Recognized for his power, eloquence, and iconoclasm, Zuckerman is understood for provoking—and occasionally virtually seducing—historians into rethinking their such a lot adored assumptions concerning the American prior. Now his many enthusiasts, and readers of each persuasion, can newly get pleasure from the distinct abilities of 1 of America's strongest social critics.

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