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Phaedrus

by Plato

The Phaedrus is closely connected with the Symposium, and may be regarded either as introducing or following it. The two Dialogues together contain the whole philosophy of Plato on the nature of love, which...


Just My Typo: From "Sinning with the Choir" to "the Untied States"

by Drummond Moir

A charming collection of typographical errors, slips of the pen, and embarrassing misprints, Just My Typo celebrates the awful and the sublime mistakes that riddle our feeble human attempts at communication....


100 Words Every Fourth Grader Should Know

by Editors American Heritage Dictionaries

The latest offering in the 100 Words series from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries, this reference book helps students in the upper grades of elementary school learn the vocabulary words they...


801 Things You Should Know: From Greek Philosophy to Today's Technology, Theories, Events, Discoveries, Trends, and Movements That Matter

by David Olsen

Discover how the world's biggest ideas, inventions, and actions changed the course of history!

What would life be like if the Age of Reason never challenged others to think differently, if the Industrial Revolution...


The Insult Dictionary: History's Best Slights, Street Talk, and Slang

by Julie Tibbott

Do you long for the days when a jerk was a “cad”? Want to tell that “swillbelly” to clean up his table manners and that grumbling “glump” to stop whining? Would you like a way of saying simpleton...


Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins

by Julian Walker

Have you ever wondered why we talk about a handicap in sport, why boxing is so named, or whether a dumbbell ever rang? It was during the nineteenth century that hitherto local games with relaxed and varying...


Words You Should Know 2013: The 201 Words from Science, Politics, Technology, and Pop Culture That Will Change Your Life This Year

by Nicole Cammorata

The most influential words and phrases of 2013!

Every day, hundreds of new words join our vocabulary, whether they're scientific creations, cultural terms, or politically and historically charged additions....


Intoxerated

by Paul Dickson & Brian Rea

A smart, hilarious, and lavishly illustrated guide to the most euphemised word in the English language: Drunk

A record-breaking assemblage of 2,964 different ways to say "drunk." Tipsy, roasted, three sheets,...


The Unexpected Evolution of Language: Discover the Surprising Etymology of Everyday Words

by Justin Cord Hayes

This book is awesome awful!

Did you know that "awful" first originated as a compliment? How about the fact that it was perfectly fine for someone to defecate in their living room? Or that at one time a bully...


The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins

by Phil Cousineau

To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. He then fills it in with a tint...


500 Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart: Terms to Demonstrate Your Savoir Faire, Chutzpah, and Bravado

by Peter Archer & Linda Archer

Dazzle with your command of belle-lettres!

Like a true sophisticate, you'd like to toss out casual bon mots to enliven your conversation. You'd like to float through cocktail parties offering your guests crudités...


The Chicktionary

by Anna Lefler

Most ladies know the definitions of "low lights," "ruching," and a "tankini." But do they know an "Efron" when they see one? With the Chicktionary, readers will know just what to do and what to expect when faced...


Gobbledygook

by William Wilson

Which are the two real words? And which one is fake? In this book, the reader will find hundreds of obscure, outdated, and outrageous words. But beware! Because of each three words and definitions on a given...


Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English: A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

Robert Hartwell Fiske aims to eliminate laxity in language today by way of this witty and engaging reference.

Fiske rails against "laxicographers and ding-a-linguists" who, with their misguided thinking, actually...


The Chicktionary: From A-line to Z-snap, the words every woman should know

by Anna Lefler

You're all over the definitions of "low lights," "ruching," and a "tankini." But can you spot a "Mrs. Potato Head" when you see one?

That's where The Chicktionary comes in. With the help of Anna Lefler and her...


Gobbledygook: A Dictionary That's 2/3 Accurate, 1/3 Nonsense - And 100% Up to You to Decide

by William Wilson

blad: To strike hard or buffet.

kring: To focus on with laser-like intensity.

stridhana: Under Hindi law, property belonging to a woman.

Two of these words and their definitions are right. One word and its meaning...


Opening Pandora's Box: Phrases Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories Behind Them

by Ferdie Addis

Are you known to strike like a thunderbolt when things don't go your way?

Are you fortunate enough to have the Midas touch?

Have you ever been struck by Cupid's arrow?

Classically derived expressions are commonly...


The Queen's English: An A to Zed Guide To Distinctively British Words

by C.J. Moore

From "chips" and "crumbs" to "spending a penny," The Queen's English is your indispensable guide to surviving and thriving in the tricky byways of the English language, which has shown many a poor soul the way...


Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives

by Arthur Plotnik

A veritable "tko of terminology," Better Than Great is the essential guide for describing the extraordinary — the must have reference for anyone wishing to rise above tired superlatives.

Deft praise encourages...


Favorite Words of Famous People: A Celebration of Superior Words from Writers, Educators, Scientists, and Humorists

by Lewis Burke Burke Frumkes

The favorite words of 250 of the best and brightest contemporary thinkers and creators are collected in this volume that no self-respecting word lover should be without. From Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...