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Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

by Tony Thorne

With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily...


Words You Don't Know: Humorous Essays Involving Rare Words, Swear Words, Wrong Words, Long Words, Curse Words, Terse Words, Legal Words, Regal Words,

by Robin Bloor

In 23 chapters and 202 pages, author Robin Bloor shines a light on nearly 300 of the least known words in the English language, illuminating the history and mystery of each in short, humorous essays.


Madrigals Magic Key to Spanish

by Margarita Madrigal

Anyone can read, write, and speak Spanish in only a few short weeks with this unique and proven method, which completely eliminates rote memorization and boring drills.

Original B & W illustrations.

From the Trade...


Dictionary of Nursing: Over 11,000 terms clearly defined

by Lawrence Lessig

This fully updated edition offers over 11,000 entries, each providing clear, up-to-date coverage of specialist nursing terms including diseases, symptoms, anatomy, instruments, common drugs and biological terms....


Crossword Lists & Crossword Solver: Over 100,000 potential solutions including technical terms, place names and compound expressions

by Anne Stibbs

Anyone who regularly tackles challenging crossword puzzles will befamiliar with the frustration of unanswered clues blocking the road tocompletion. Together in one bumper volume, Crossword Lists and Crossword...


Talk Talk Talk: Decoding the Mysteries of Speech

by Jay Ingram

With a mixture of erudition and humor, Canadian radio personality Jay Ingram discusses the sociology of talking: the dynamics of conversation, men and women's different propensities for interrupting, and even...


How to Start and Make a Conversation: How to Talk to Anyone in 30 Seconds or Less

by Christopher Gottschalk

Not only is good communication vital for most professions, being able to have a quick, comfortable conversation - something more than 40 percent of adults struggle with - can be helpful in almost every aspect...


A Miscellany for Word Lovers: Origins, Meanings & Quizzes

by Robin Hosie & Vic Mayhew

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...


The Art of Daring

by Carl Phillips

The award-winning poet Carl Phillips’s invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing

In seven insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the...


Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

by Ammon Shea

The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language "mistakes" and how they came to be accepted as correct-or not.

English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety...


Research within the Disciplines: Foundations for Reference and Library Instruction

by Peggy Keeran & Michael Levine-Clark

Research within the Disciplines is designed to help reference librarians – and students studying to become librarians – gain that deeper understanding of disciplinary differences that allows them to comfortably...


The Art of Time in Memoir

by Sven Birkerts

The Art Of series is a new line of books reinvigorating the practice of craft and criticism. Each book will be a brief, witty, and useful exploration of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by a writer impassioned...


The Art of Time in Memoir

by Sven Birkerts

The Art Of series is a new line of books reinvigorating the practice of craft and criticism. Each book will be a brief, witty, and useful exploration of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by a writer impassioned...


Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

by Barbara Cassin, Emily Apter & Jacques Lezra

Characters in some languages, particularly Hebrew and Arabic, may not display properly due to device limitations. Transliterations of terms appear before the representations in foreign characters.

This is an...


Preposterous Proverbs: Why Fine Words Butter No Parsnips

by Max Cryer

In 'Preposterous Proverbs', Max Cryer looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world. Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with others on money, animals, sin and death. He has chosen...


Murder & Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers

by MD, D. P. Lyle

In Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers, Dr. D. P. Lyle culls the best of his popular "The Doctor Is In" question-and-answer column for the Mystery Writers of...


Glossaries of Americanisms V

by Daniel R Davis

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads

by Ammon Shea

Read Ammon Shea's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

A surprising, lively, and rich history of that ubiquitous doorstop that most of us take for granted.

Ammon Shea is not your typical thirtysomething...


The Torchlight List: Around the World in 200 Books

by Jim Flynn

In today’s world it seems that everywhere we turn we are saturated with book recommendations from talk shows, magazines, radio shows, friends, and top ten lists. But which books are really the best, and what...


The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World

by Adam Jacot de Boinod

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA