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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...


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...


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...


Wordcatcher

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)

ENTER A GALLERY OF WIT AND WHIMSY

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,...