Lexicography
Common Phrases: & Where They Cpb
Common Phrases
& Where They Cpb
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1599213079

In the tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Anguished English, Common Phrases is a fascinating guide to the origins of our language. Wonderful stories reveal the real meaning of Adam's apple, nick of time, stool pigeon, armed to the teeth, raining cats and dogs, at sixes and sevens, dog days of summer, and scores of others. With nearly 35,000 copies sold, this classic begins a new life with a fresh package and a new audience for entertaining reference books.

The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji: (jlpt All Levels) Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters
The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji
(jlpt All Levels) Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters
Paperback      ISBN: 4805311703
Learn over 2,000 Japanese Kanji characters with this user-friendly Japanese language-learning book.

This unique Kanji study guide provides a comprehensive introduction to all the Kanji characters on the Japanese Ministry of Education's official Joyo ("General Use") list--providing detailed notes on the historical development of each character as well as all information needed by students to read and write them. As fascinating as it is useful, this is the book every Japanese language learners keeps on his or her desk and visits over and over.

This Kanji book includes:
  • Clear, large-sized entries
  • All of the General Use Joyo Kanji Characters
  • Japanese readings and English meanings
  • stroke-count
  • stroke order
  • usage examples
  • mnemonic hints for easy memorization
The components which make up each character are detailed, and the Kanji are graded in difficulty according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing students to prioritize the order in which the Kanji are learned and track their progress. This book is essential to anyone who is planning to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and will appeal to beginning students as well as those who wish to attain higher-level mastery of the Japanese language. It is the only book that also provides historical and etymological information about the Japanese Kanji.

This latest edition has been updated to include all of the 2,136 Kanji on the expanded Joyo list issued by the Japanese government in 2010. Many entries have been revised to include the most recent research on character etymologies.
A Conspiracy of Ravens: A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
A Conspiracy of Ravens
A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851244093

A charm of goldfinches. An ostentation of peacocks. A murder of crows. The English language brims with witty words for flocks of birds Thought to have originated from hunting manuals, the practice of inventing collective nouns for birds has since evolved into a sport all its own, with new words striving to perfectly capture the essence of each bird.

A Conspiracy of Ravens presents readers with a compendium of collective bird nouns from the distant and not-so-distant past. Some of the nouns are portentous, like a tiding of magpies. Others, like a murmuration of starlings or a chattering of choughs, convey sound. Still more reflect with literary flourish the beauty of the bird: what could be more celebratory than a crown of kingfishers or an exaltation of larks? Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, garden favorites, and birds of prey, this book collects more than one hundred of the best and most imaginative expressions and illustrates them with charming woodcuts by the eighteenth-century artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick.

A beautiful and entertaining read, A Conspiracy of Ravens will delight bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.
Cowboy Slang: Colorful Cowboy sayings!
Cowboy Slang
Colorful Cowboy sayings!
Paperback      ISBN: 091484623x

The colorful, humorous lingo of the American West is captured here in 2000 phrases and expressions.

Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs
Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs
Paperback      ISBN: 0781808626

This authoritative work is the first visual dictionary of Maya glyphs published since the script's complete deciphering, offering a much-needed, comprehensive catalogue of 1100 secured glyphs. Each entry includes the illustrated glyph, its phonetic transcription, Mayan equivalent, part of speech, and meaning. About the Author John Montgomery was an illustrator, epigrapher, writer, and PhD candidate in the field of Pre-Columbian Art at the University of New Mexico. He taught art history at the South-western Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. A long and varied experience in Central America first inspired his interest in the ancient Maya. His glyphic illustrations are based on a lifetime of involvement with Maya glyph decipherment.

Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Paperback      ISBN: 0874840538

One of the outstanding problems of the biologist, whether he be beginning student or specialists, is that of understanding technical terms. The best way to understand and remember technical terms is to understand first their component parts, or roots. This dictionary has been designed primarily to meet the needs of the beginning student, the medical student, and the taxonomist, but it should be of value to all biologists.

The Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words
The Disappearing Dictionary
A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words
Paperback      ISBN: 1509801766

A beautiful gift book that collects together brilliantly quirky English dialect words, before they disappear for ever

The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
The Elements of Eloquence
Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
Paperback      ISBN: 042527618x
From the #1 international bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon comes an education in the art of articulation, from the King James Bible to Katy Perry...

From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase--such as "O Captain My Captain " or "To be or not to be"--memorable.

In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything important to say--you simply need to say it well.

In an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance, this is a book that highlights the importance of style.
Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Word Lovers
Endangered Words
A Collection of Rare Gems for Word Lovers
Paperback      ISBN: 1632204533
Afterwit, agathism, ambsace, anacampserote, antepenultimate, antimony, and more

"When a word perfectly captures a human truth, humans respond to it in the same way that they respond to a beautiful melody. They smile. They nod their heads. They tell others of their discovery." So says Simon Hertnon in his introduction to Endangered Words, and after wrapping your tongue around the lexical rarities he offers up to his readers, you'll have to agree Hertnon provides one hundred hand-selected rarities, and, in a virtuoso display of concinnity, breathes life into them with his lucid descriptions of their meaning and engaging examples of their usage.

Perhaps you are an arriviste enjoying a newfound sense of nikhedonia as you demonstrate your sprezzatura in a given subject. Or maybe you are a desipientplutomaniac destined to a life of poshlost. If this doesn't describe you, then take your pick of the many wonderful words in this book:

Omnistrain
Trilemma
Aporia
Or maybe these are all schlimmbesserungs

Thanks to Endangered Words, you no longer have to be at a loss for words or reach for the clich d and commonplace. The English language is brimming with ambrosial alternatives, and this compendium offers the cream of the crop. Filled with words to be treasured for their elegant precision, from apophenia to zemblanity, Endangered Words is the perfect handbook for writers, an excellent resource for communicators, and an entertaining read for anyone with an appetite for the very brightest gems of the English language.
English Words from Latin and Greek Elements
English Words from Latin and Greek Elements
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0816508992
Since 1965, Donald Ayers' English Words from Latin and Greek Elements has helped thousands of students to a broader vocabulary by showing them how to recognize classical roots in modern English words. Its second edition, published in 1986, has confirmed that vocabulary is best taught by root, not rote. The importance of learning classical word roots is already acknowledged by vocabulary texts that devote chapters to them.

Why a whole book based on this approach? Ayers' text exposes students to a wider range of roots, introduces new English words in context sentences, and reinforces vocabulary through exercises. It promotes more practice with roots so that students learn to use them as tools in their everyday encounters with new words. English Words is written from the standpoint of English; it neither attempts to teach students Latin or Greek nor expects a knowledge of classical languages on the part of instructors. Its success has been demonstrated at both the secondary and college levels, and it can be used effectively with students in remedial or accelerated programs.

An Instructor's Manual (gratis with adoption) and a Workbook are also available.