TOTALLY WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORDS

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Totally Weird And Wonderful Words

Author : Erin McKean
ISBN : 0199886032
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 58.61 MB
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Do you know what a snollygoster is? Would you eat something called a muktuk? Do you know anyone who engages in onolatry? Impress your friends and pepper your dinner party conversations with such nuggets as gobemouche, mumpsimus, and cachinnate. You can learn about all of these bizarre and beautiful words and many more in Totally Weird and Wonderful Words. Both witty and entertaining, this new paperback brings together two best-selling compendiums to all words unique and strange, Weird and Wonderful Words and More Weird and Wonderful Words. Offering a potpourri of colorful and fascinating words compiled by noted lexicographer Erin McKean, it contains hundreds of definitions, and has been updated to include two new essays, with over 150 words new to this edition. Written in a clear and conversational style, the book contains full-page cartoon illustrations by Roz Chast and Danny Shanahan. Featuring hundreds of words guaranteed to amuse and astonish, this is a book that will appeal to logophiles everywhere. It also features a bibliography of Oxford dictionaries and a guide to creating your own unusual words correctly from Greek and Latin roots. Smart and funny and with just a touch of whimsy, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words is the perfect book for reading in your sitooterie with a bumbo in your hand while mavises sing in your ear.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Secret Lives Of Dresses

Author : Erin Mckean
ISBN : 9781848942103
Genre : Fiction
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‘Every dress has a secret. Let me tell you mine...’ Dora is in love with a man who barely notices her, has a job she doesn’t care about, and dresses entirely for comfort, not style. All a far cry from her vivid, eccentric childhood, growing up with her beloved grandmother Mimi. However, when disaster strikes, Dora knows she has no choice but to return to her childhood home and take over running Mimi’s vintage clothing shop. And there she makes a surprising discovery – Mimi’s been writing stories to accompany every dress she sells. Romantic, heartbreaking tales about each one’s secret life before it got to her shop... Dora starts to matchmake these lonely frocks with new owners, but will the stories help her as well? Trading her boring high street clothes for vintage glamour is one thing. What she needs to know is whether she can trade her safe old life – and love – for something better too? A captivating and enchanting novel about vintage frocks and new experiences for every girl who knows that the right dress can change your life, by the author of the popular blog www.dressaday.com.
Category: Fiction

The Hundred Dresses

Author : Erin McKean
ISBN : 9781472535856
Genre : Design
File Size : 54.40 MB
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From the Sack to the Sari, each dress makes a powerful statement about the woman who wears it. Inspired by the Eleanor Estes' children's classic The Hundred Dresses, Erin McKean's classic-to-be by the same title, with chic illustrations by Donna Mehalko, is a definitive and witty look at what one hundred iconic dress styles, vintage and modern say about their wearers. Each beautifully illustrated entry looks at the history of that particular style, famous wearers (if applicable), possible accessories, where the style could be observed, and what message, subtle or overt, is conveyed by the dress. Featured are The Wench; The Vreeland; The Wrap; The Austen; The Beckham; The Siren (any style, as long as it's red); The Chanel Ingénue; The Caftan; The Guinevere; The Jackie; ; The Biohazard (any dress dangerous to bystanders or the wearer: think Lady Gaga); and many more. Part style commentary, part fashion blueprint, part clever field guide, The Hundred Dresses will ensure that no woman (or man) ever underestimates the power of the dress.
Category: Design

Oxford American Minidictionary

Author : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 9780195175196
Genre : Reference
File Size : 55.42 MB
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Over 40,000 entries and 50,000 definitions fill the pages of this new American edition of the bestselling "Oxford English Minidictionary," which offers authoritative and up-to-date coverage of today's American English.
Category: Reference

Elderspeak

Author : James L. Reynolds, MD
ISBN : 9781491705124
Genre : Reference
File Size : 37.80 MB
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There are many words relating to old age, aging, and the elderly, and this compendium of words seeks to help you understand almost two thousand of them. Most of these words are unusual, rare, obsolete, archaic, wonderful, marvelous, arcane, and even preposterous. All of them apply to the aged, a group that makes up an increasing portion of the population—particularly in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Here are just a few of the interesting words you’ll learn: • Cenotaph: a monument erected as a memorial to a dead person or dead people buried elsewhere, especially those killed fighting a war • Lethonomia: a tendency to forget, or inability to recall, names • Oligoria: disinterest in former friends or hobbies Listed alphabetically with pronunciation keys, the words are categorized under forty-eight headings. For example, in the “end-of-life” category, you’ll find the word feuillemorte, which is the wan, yellow color of death. Under “retirement,” you’ll find ecesis, which is the acclimatization to retirement, and Opagefaengris, a prison for retired male criminals in Singen, Germany. Boost your vocabulary, indulge in a love of language, and improve the way you communicate with seniors and medical professionals. It starts with learning ElderSpeak.
Category: Reference

Copy Editor

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ISBN : IND:30000115549135
Genre : Copy editing
File Size : 49.9 MB
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Category: Copy editing

Je T Aime

Author : Erin McKean
ISBN : 1906032297
Genre : Love
File Size : 69.9 MB
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Just as a rose would smell as sweet by any other name, so it is with love. Love is powerful, enduring, and magical in any language. For "Je T'Aime", word expert Erin McKean has scoured the world looking for the most colourful and seductive expressions to honour your loved one, and among the more than forty-six languages featured in this book, you're sure to find the right things to say. From the romantic 'hubbak yidhaw wibni' (Arabic, meaning 'your love makes me melt away') to the delightfully descriptive 'cinta monyet' (Indonesian for 'monkey love', similar to 'puppy love'), there's a phrase or word here for everyone who loves. Perhaps you can impress your beloved by telling them you are 'vliuben do ushi' (Bulgarian for 'in love up to your ears'), or discover that regardless of national boundaries the French, Italians, and Germans are all hit with similar bolts of lightning when they are lovestruck.
Category: Love

Verbatim

Author : Erin McKean
ISBN : 0712645977
Genre : Language and languages
File Size : 47.51 MB
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For thirty years Verbatim: The Language Quarterly has published amusing, interesting and occasionally useful essays on concept, usage, jargon, wordplay, lexicography, linguistics, blunders, malapropisms and anything else remotely tied to the English language. Here, collected for the first time, are some of the most fascinating, funniest and strangest pieces that first debuted in its pages. Verbatim is a smart and sassy collection for anyone seeking the highly scholarly or the completely frivolous. From the roots of medieval words to the components of a British football chant, Verbatim will offer something for every language lover and word nerd to enjoy.
Category: Language and languages

The Office Professional S Guide

Author : Erin McKean
ISBN : 0195183584
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 39.4 MB
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When do you address correspondents by their first names over e-mail? Need a refresher on the proper format for a business letter? Or perhaps a cram-course on how business is conducted in a particular foreign country? Now, all your workplace questions can be found in one convenient source from the most trusted name in reference. The Office Professional's Guide takes you through office basics (frequently misspelled words; proper telephone, fax, and email etiquette; common filing systems), important business and financial concepts (P&L, ROI, price to earnings ratio), international business (a glossary of terms in five different languages; a guide to travel arrangements), giving presentations (with PowerPoint), making meeting arrangements, and much more. The Office Professional's Guide is an invaluable tool for any modern professional, no matter how high you are on your department's totem pole. Compiled and researched by Oxford's renowned reference team, this comprehensive book will be a daily source of knowledge and peace of mind.
Category: Business & Economics