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Aitch Factor
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 300

Only dead languages don't change; living ones change all the time. From aitch to amazeballs, from mondegreens to man boobs, there is no topic too controversial or complex for Australia's most influential editor, Susan

Butler, Susan


From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, thi

Rosen, Michael

26 special letters 336

From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip co

Rosen, Michael

210(Ht mm) 140(Wdt mm) 240

An entertaining, illuminating lexicography of words coined by famous authors throughout the ages, published on the 'sesquiquadricentennial' (450th anniversary) of Shakespeare's birth. William Shakespeare's written voca

Dickson, Paul

Cat's Pyjamas
Paperback 416 pages.

Explores cliches and contains famous (and infamous) quotations and memorable information.

Cresswell, Julia

Disappearing Dictionary
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 320

Wherever you go in the English-speaking world, there are linguistic riches from times past awaiting rediscovery. All you have to do is choose a location, find some old documents, and dig a little. In The Disappearing D

Crystal, David

Elements of Eloquence

Whether you want to achieve literary immortality or just persuade people of the genius of your thoughts, says Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

Forsyth, Mark

Fucking Apostrophes
158(Ht mm) 104(Wdt mm) 64

'At last, a book that tells you exactly where to stick your apostrophe ...funny and useful, the perfect stocking filler.' David Marsh, Guardian Apostrophes are a pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, an

Griffin, Simon

Garner's Modern English Usage

Bryan Garner is the most trusted living usage expert of our day, and Garner's Modern English Usage is the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. With well over 6,000 entries on English grammar, syntax, word choice, p

Garner, Bryan A.

Globish : How the English Language became the World's Language

A small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbours, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. As its power spreads, its language inevitably follows. Then,

McCrum Robert

Great Sayings
216(Ht mm) 138(Wdt mm) 320

Over three hundred pages containing some of the most memeorable lines ever spoken. From the most familiar - 'A man who is tired of London...' - to unexpected discoveries, few books can unite so many well-chosen words.


Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar

Introducing a new, visually engaging way of presenting grammar. Appealing to the senses and the emotions with colour, texture, humour and drama, this book seeks to make the subject of grammar not only more intelligible to more people, but mo

Riddle, Tohby

Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English

This is a witty guide to the most reviled words in English, masquerading as advice on how and why you might want to use them. Nothing enflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operatio

Gowers, Rebecca

How Good Is Your Grammar?
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 204

How good is your grammar? John Sutherland, one of Britain's most celebrated professors of English literature, is here to test, stretch, amuse and instruct you with his definitive quiz on all things grammatical. Why do

Sutherland, John

How Good is Your Grammar?
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 192

John Sutherland, one of Britain's most celebrated professors of English literature, is here to test, stretch, amuse and instruct you with his definitive quiz on all things grammatical.Why do purists insist that 'televi

Sutherland, John

How to Sound Really Clever
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 224

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

Van den Bergh, Hubert

Is That a Fish in Your Ear? : Translation and the Meaning of Everything

People speak different languages, and always have. The Ancient Greeks took no notice of anything unless it was said in Greek; the Romans made everyone speak Latin; and in India, people learned their neighbours' languages - as did many ordina

Bellos, David

Little Book of Cliches

Many of the phrases we use everyday are so woven into our vocabulary that we never think to question their origin or meaning. How often we comfort the broken-hearted with the reassurance that there are plenty more fish in the sea , or ruin a

Westwood, Alison

Made In America: An Informal History of American English

"Funny, wise, learned and compulsive." (GQ). Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes

Bryson, Bill

Making a Point
200(Ht mm) 130(Wdt mm) 400

This 'engaging history of punctuation' (Wall Street Journal) is not only the first history of its kind, but a complete guide on how to use English punctuation. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. Th

Crystal, David

Making a Point
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 400

Behind every punctuation mark lie a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generat

Crystal, David

My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be Me?)
128(Ht mm) 198(Wdt mm) 192

A runaway hit and "Sunday Times" bestseller in 2008, "My Grammar and I" has continued to grow in popularity, becoming the go-to guide for grammar. Repackaged with a fresh jacket design, this much-loved gift title is no

Taggart, Caroline, Wines, J. A.

Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations

The perfect answer to the question 'what's been said about this?' This fully revised and updated edition of an Oxford classic is a truly unique reference book which brings together phrases, proverbs, and quotations in a single thematic volum

Ratcliffe, Susan

Secret Language
line drawings, tables 352

This book is about language that is designed to mean what it does not seem to mean. Ciphers and codes conceal messages and protect secrets. Symbol and magic hide meanings to delight or imperil. Languages made to baffle

Blake, Barry J.

Shady Characters

Where does the ampersand get its name from? What does the hashtag have to do with commerce in ancient Rome? Keith Houston gives the answers in this delightfully entertaining book. From the pilcrow to the ampersand, the entire cast of Shady C

Houston, Keith

Simply English An A-Z of Avoidable Errors

In his best-selling Strictly English Simon Heffer explained how to write and speak our language well. In Simply English he offers an entertaining and supremely useful A-Z guide to frequent errors, common misunderstandings and stylistic howle

Heffer, Simon

Spelling it Out
8 b/w illus. 9 tables 160

Spelling can be a source of anxiety for school children and working professionals alike. Yet the spelling of words in English is not as random or chaotic as it is often perceived to be; rather, it is a system based on

Adoniou, Misty

Thinker's Thesaurus

Do you find that your regular thesaurus spits out the same old words already running through your head? Are the lists boring, repetitive, and generally unhelpful? Peter E. Meltzer thought so and decided to create a unique thesaurus that woul

Meltzer, Peter E

Troublesome Words
Paperback , 198 x 129mm. 256

What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it whodunnit or whodunit? Do you know? Are you sure? With "Troublesome Words", journalist and bestselling travel-writer Bill

Bryson, Bill

Vulgar Tongues
Mono illustrations throughout 400

Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault

Decharne, Max

Watson's Worst Words

Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it? Depending where you are on the change continuum, a quick

Watson, Don

What the Dickens?!
Two-color art throughout 224

Dickens penned close to five million words in his lifetime and possessed a vocabulary as wide and whimsical as his imagination, zany and fun words such as wiglomeration, catawampous, comfoozle, tintinnabulation, and

Kozlowski, Bryan

Word Play

'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Words are magic. Words are fun. Join Gyles Brandreth - wit and word-meister, Just A Minute regular, One Show repor

Brandreth, Gyles