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A miscellany for word lovers : origins, meanings and quizzes

Author: Robin Hosie; Vic Mayhew
Publisher: London : How To Books, an imprint of Constable & Robinson, 2014.
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More than 100 vocabulary-building quizzes make up the core of the book, with shorter sections on: * The fascinating origins of words * Quotes and misquotes * Slang, dialects and secret languages * Unforgettable Adverts, Famous Lines from Novels and Movies * Newspeak, Basic English, spelling reform * Malapropisms, politicians' blunders and 'mispeakings' * Mnemonics and other memory joggers * Palindromes and anagrams  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Miscellanea
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hosie, Robin.
A Miscellany for Word Lovers : Origins, Meanings & Quizzes.
New York : Constable & Robinson, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Hosie; Vic Mayhew
ISBN: 9781472110152 1472110153
OCLC Number: 875273637
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Words About Words; Names into Words; The Moving Finger Writes; Figures of Speech; Journey to the Centre of the Earth; Fears and Phobias; Behind the Word; Brush Up Your Latin; Politics and Government; Proverbs in Parallel; Business and Finance; Earth's Long Journey through the Ages; World Religions; Behind the Phrase; Birds of a Feather; The Law of the Land; Movie Memories; The Heavens Above; Parlez-vous Français?; Round Britain Word Tour; Sprechen Sie Deutsch?; The Language of Science; Cut Through Confusion; The King James Bible. Unwanted Words, Fit for Export OnlyPolari Comes Out of the Closet; Shakespeare's Gifts; Anagrams: Switching Letters to Make a Point; The Aussie Way with Words; Chaucer: Midwife of the English Language; Counting Sheep; The Secret Language of Savile Row; The Man Who Was Far From Gruntled; Invasion of the Vikings; The Anglo-Saxons Arrive; Quote or Misquote?; Divided by a Common Language; As Others See Us ... and We See Them; At War with the Language; Celts and Romans; Approaching the End; Music Has Charms; The Greek Prefix Epi-; Turning Back; The Latin Prefix Ir-; Opposites and Near Opposites. Spoken in AngerMedical Matters; Complementary Medicine; The Latin Prefix In-; Winds of the World; It Takes All Kinds; Buildings, Sacred and Secular; Digging Up the Past; Sport in Spain; Volcanoes and Earthquakes; Muscles and Bones; Headlines Make the News; Military Matters; In at the Start; Pick and Mix; Valley Speak; The Twenty-first Century; The Nineties (1990-99); The Eighties (1980-89); The Seventies (1970-79); The Sixties (1960-69); The Fifties (1950-59); The Second World War and Austerity (1939-50); The Thirties (1930-39); Animal Quackers; Drek, Schlep and Schmaltz; The Roaring Twenties. The First World War (1914-18) and the Treaty of Versailles (1919)1900-1914; The Seventeenth Century; The Sixteenth Century; Samuel Johnson Calls the Language to Order; The Menacing World of Orwell's Newspeak; Acknowledgements; Index.
Responsibility: Robin Hoise and Vic Mayhew.

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Includes more than 100 vocabulary-building quizzes with shorter sections on: the fascinating origins of words; quotes and misquotes; slang, dialects and secret languages; unforgettable adverts,  Read more...

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