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The Word at War

by Philip Gooden & Peter Lewis Bloomsbury Publishing (September 25, 2014)

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's...

The Greek & Latin Roots of English

by Tamara M. Green Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2014)

The Greek & Latin Roots of English approaches the study of Latin and Greek thematically: vocabulary is organized into various topics, from politics to philosophy, with chapters featuring cumulative exercises...

A Thesaurus of English Word Roots

by Horace Gerald Danner Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 27, 2014)

Horace G. Danner’s A Thesaurus of English Word Roots is a compendium of the most-used word roots of the English language. All word roots are listed alphabetically, along with the Greek or Latin words from...

The English is Coming!

by Leslie Dunton-Downer Touchstone (September 14, 2010)

English has fast become the number one language for everything from business and science, diplomacy and education, entertainment and environmentalism to socializing and beyond—virtually any human activity...

A Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots

by Horace Gerald Danner Scarecrow Press (August 15, 2013)

Dr. Horace Gerald Danner’s A Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots is a compendium of the most-used word roots of the medical and health-care professions. All word roots are listed alphabetically, along with the...

Hot for Words

by Marina Orlova HarperCollins e-books (August 18, 2009)

Brilliant philologist and sexy YouTube sensation Marina Orlova is Hot For Words—and you will be too when you join her on a titillating journey through the origins and meanings of words and phrases. Combining...

Words We Use

by Diarmaid Ó Muirithe Gill Books (October 31, 2006)

Diarmaid Ó Muirithe’s column Words We Use was a feature of The Irish Times for many years. This collection of his most memorable contributions, by turns witty and sympathetic, wears its prodigious learning...

A–Z of Irish Names for Children and Their Meanings

by Diarmaid Ó Muirithe Gill Books (March 06, 2007)

Including over four hundred beautiful, original and unusual Irish names, Diarmaid Ó Muirithe’s brilliant reference book provides the origin, historical and cultural background of practically every Irish name...

Short Dictionary of Classical Word Origins

by Harry E. Wedeck Philosophical Library (January 01, 1957)

Whether one reads only newspapers or nothing more serious than a short story or a novel—whatever one reads one is constantly running up against an allusion to the Ancient Classics of Greece and Rome and, in...

What the Dickens?!

by Bryan Kozlowski Running Press (September 27, 2016)


What larks! Dive into the world of literature's ultimate wordsmith, Charles Dickens, in this...

Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red

by Andrew Thompson Ulysses Press (February 20, 2017)

Over 400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journey

The English language is riddled with phrases that are complete nonsense. Ever met "a monkey's uncle," seen a "red-handed" thief, or...

Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

by James Garrison Penn State University Press (March 02, 1992)

For centuries the most revered poem in the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman virtue of pietas. In the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden attempts to explain...

The Song of Middle-earth: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols and Myths

by David Harvey HarperCollins (July 14, 2016)

Available for the first time in paperback, this is the pre-eminent critical study, and exploration, of how myth and legend played such a significant role in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Song of Middle-earth...

Netymology: From Apps to Zombies: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World

by Tom Chatfield Quercus (August 02, 2016)

Composed of 100 bite-sized entries of 400 to 600 words each, Netymology weaves together stories, etymologies and analyses around digital culture's transformation and vocabulary. Chatfield presents a kaleidoscopic,...


by Phil Cousineau Viva Editions (March 15, 2010)

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver," the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words...

A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages

by J. R. R. Tolkien, Dimitra Fimi & Andrew Higgins HarperCollins (April 07, 2016)

First ever critical study of Tolkien’s little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s...

The Word Museum

by Jeffrey Kacirk Touchstone (February 28, 2001)


As the largest and most dynamic collection of words ever assembled, the English language continues to expand. But as hundreds of new words are added annually, older ones are...

Word Fugitives

by Barbara Wallraff HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Despite the many thousands of dictionary words at our disposal, our language can be dismayingly inadequate. How many times have you searched for a word that means just what you want it to but failed to find...

Collins Quite Brilliant: A celebration of British English

by Collins Collins (December 01, 2012)

A jubilant celebration of British English’s most wonderful moments (and of the island nations that came up with them).

We British are an eccentric population with a culture that is suitably, and uniquely,...