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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....


Fiske 250 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know

by Edward Fiske

Learn the words you need to succeed in college and beyond! With a powerful vocabulary on your side, a world of possibilities opens up. It is a gift of confidence and knowledge for college, your career, and beyond....


Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning

by Sol Steinmetz

"My favorite popular word book of the year"

-William Safire, NY Times 6/22/2008

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!

Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one...


The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat

by Josh Chetwynd

You may fancy yourself a sports fan, but chances are you don't know:

A fish eyeball was used as the center of some nineteenth-century baseballs

The race to make better billiard balls led to the invention...


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...


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...


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...


An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs --Timeless Words to Live By

by Caroline Taggart

From Old Testament proverbs to modern phrases like "the best things in life are free," An Apple a Day takes a fun look at expressions that "have stood the test of time."

Read through from start to finish or...


Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi", A: The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English

by Chloe Rhodes

"English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar."

-James D. Nicoll

Organized alphabetically...


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...


Top 10 of Britain

by Hamlyn

From the bestselling author of "Hamlyn's Top 10 of Everything" series comes a special collection of 250 unique lists that observe of the idiosyncrasies of our Isles and encompass everything British. Discover...


Straight from the Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang

by Max Decharne

Righteous jive for all you weedheads, moochers, b-girls, gassers, bandrats, triggermen, grifters, snowbirds, and long-gone daddies.

Much of the slang popularly associated with the hippie generation of the 1960s...


How to Sound Really Clever: 600 Words You Need to Know

by Hubert van den Bergh & Sandra Howgate

How to Sound Really Clever explains and illustrates over 600 words that can outfox us, such as 'condign', 'Zelig-like' and 'agitprop'. This is the sequel to the successful How to Sound Clever (2010) which taught...


Black Sheep and Lame Ducks: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day

by Albert Jack

The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants

Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up...


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...


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...


Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

by Albert Jack

From the international bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious guide to the hidden histories of classic nursery rhymes.

Who was Mary Quite Contrary, or Georgie Porgie? How could Hey...


Pocket Posh Word Power: 120 Words You Should Know

by Wordnik

Words such as propinquity, armillary, and farrago should be vocabulary staples. Consult Pocket Posh Word Power: 120 Words You Should Know to determine other additions to your lexicon.

This Pocket Posh Word Power...


Pocket Posh Word Power: 120 Job Interview Words You Should Know

by Wordnik

Business jargon can get your foot in the door . . . or get the door slammed in your face. Learn the right ways and contexts in which to use vogue words such as stakeholder, kanban, and throughput to get noticed...


Pocket Posh Word Power: 120 Words that Are Fun to Say

by Wordnik

From absquatulate to zoilist to words found in between (such as hullabaloo, phantasmagorical, and obstreperous), Pocket Posh Word Power: 120 Words That Are Fun to Say offers a list of smile-inducing words that...