• Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
    Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
    ISBN: 9781783964376
    Title: Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
    Author: JONES PAUL ANTHONY

    This surprising compendium of 1,000 facts about words, language and etymology is here to inspire your curiosity and delight in discovery. In 'Word Drops', you can delve into a smattering of unexpected connections and weird juxtapositions, stumble upon a new or remarkable word, or learn of many a bizarre etymological quirk or tall tale.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Word Play a Wittipedia of Puns Euphemisms Malapropisms & the Best Word Play
    Word Play a Wittipedia of Puns Euphemisms Malapropisms & the Best Word Play
    ISBN: 9781473620308
    Title: Word Play a Wittipedia of Puns Euphemisms Malapropisms & the Best Word Play
    Author: BRANDRETH GYLES


    The aim of the book is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. (Why is it a troop of baboons, but a shrewdness of apes?). We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with a price attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...from the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the BEST and the WORST, the most AMUSING and AMAZING words are here


    Full of puns, palindromes, pangrams, acrostics, malaprops, famous (and infamous) last words and everything in between, in Word Play, Gyles Brandreth leads us through an A-Z and a Z-A of the wonderful world of words.


    This is a dazzling words book that is the ultimate compendium of word wisdom, facts and fun.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Word Power Made Easy: the Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
    Word Power Made Easy: the Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
    ISBN: 9781101873854
    Title: Word Power Made Easy: the Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
    Author: LEWIS NORMAN

    'Word Power Made Easy' provides a simple, step-by-step method for increasing knowledge and mastery of written and spoken English. Arranged in thematic sections - on everything from how to flatter friends and insult enemies to how to talk precisely about science and medicine - the book is written in a lively, accessible, and often humorous style, presenting ideas and a method of broadening your knowledge as an integral part of vocabulary-building.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Word Spy
    Word Spy
    ISBN: 9780143304487
    Title: Word Spy
    Author: DUBOSARSKY URSULA

    Dear Readers, You may not know me, but I know you. I am - THE WORD SPY. Ever since I can remember, I've been listening to, speaking, reading, and yes, spying on words. The time has come for me to share with you some of the many things I have discovered. All you have to do is open this book... the wonderful world of words awaits! Join THE WORD SPY on an entertaining journey through the English language. Learn more about where the alphabet came from, find out what ATM stands for, make your own palindromes (it's easy!) and impress your pigs by speaking Pig Latin. There are cartoons, riddles and a special code to solve along the way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse & Myths of Language
    Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse & Myths of Language
    ISBN: 9781775593546
    Title: Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse & Myths of Language
    Author: BROATCH MARK

    Even the best wordsmiths can find themselves tripping over words that are commonly misused, mixed up or misspelled. Most of us have suffered the embarrassment of suddenly discovering that they have been using or spelling a word wrong for years, or, in some cases, their entire life. This useful reference untangles the mix-ups and misuses of language so that you can ensure you've got the word you're looking for, whether it's 'taught', 'taut', 'tort' or 'torte'. With definitions, examples of how to sharpen up text and improve your writing, lists of useful social media abbreviations and a discussion of unusual plurals, this playful look at the often bizarre and frustrating English language has got you covered. Word to the Wise will help you get your word use straight, whether you're writing a book, blog, email or text message.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Words Fail Me
    Words Fail Me
    ISBN: 9780714846354
    Title: Words Fail Me
    Author: MONACHINO TERESA


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $18.00
    $18.00
  • Words in Time & Place Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
    Words in Time & Place Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
    ISBN: 9780199680474
    Title: Words in Time & Place Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID

    Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective "drunk" developed over 1,000 years? Be prepared to learn words you have never heard before, find out fascinating facts behind everyday words, and be surprised at how lively and varied the English language can be. Published to critical acclaim in 2009, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. Using its unique perspective on how the English language has developed, Words in Time andPlace takes 15 themes and explores the language in these areas over time - explaining when new words appeared, where they came from, and what such changes say about times in which they emerged. The themes chosen are varied, universal topics and show the semantic range of the thesaurus and what itcan tell us about the words used in areas of everyday life. Learn about the different words for dying and money, or types of pop music, as well as words for a privy, oaths, and words for being drunk. Written by the world's leading expert on the English language, David Crystal, the book carries his trademark style of engaging yet authoritative writing. Each chapter features an introduction to the language of that topic, followed by a timeline of vocabulary taken from the historical thesaurusshowing all the synonyms arranged in chronological order. The timelines are annotated with additional quotations, facts, and social and historical context to give a clear sense of how words entered the English language, when, and in which context they were used.Words in Time and Place showcases the unique and excellent resource that is the Historical Thesaurus and reveals the linguistic treasures to be found within. This fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in words and in the development of the English language.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Words of a Feather: an Etymological Explanation of Astonishing Word Pairs
    Words of a Feather: an Etymological Explanation of Astonishing Word Pairs
    ISBN: 9781784188146
    Title: Words of a Feather: an Etymological Explanation of Astonishing Word Pairs
    Author: GRAEME DONALD

    In this quirky and humorous volume, Graeme Donald explores the fascinating links and curious connections between words. While at first these word pairs may appear to have very little in common, owing to years of linguistic shift, their origins can be traced back to the same root. In exploring these etymological twins, "Words of a Feather "reveals the oddities of the English language and the fascinating stories that have made our vocabulary so rich. The perfect gift for language lovers and history buffs alike, this beautiful book contains over 200 word pairs with a common ancestry.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Words of the World a Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary
    Words of the World a Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary
    ISBN: 9781107605695
    Title: Words of the World a Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary
    Author: OGILVIE SARAH

    Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England 150 years ago, it took more than 60 years to complete and, when it was finally finished in 1928, the British prime minister heralded it as a 'national treasure'. It maintained this image throughout the twentieth century, and in 2006 the English public voted it an 'Icon of England', alongside Marmite, Buckingham Palace and the bowler hat. However, this book shows that the dictionary is not as 'British' as we all thought. The linguist and lexicographer, Sarah Ogilvie, combines her insider knowledge and experience with impeccable research to show that the OED is in fact an international product in both its content and its making. She examines the policies and practices of the various editors, applies qualitative and quantitative analysis, and finds new OED archival materials in the form of letters, reports and proofs. She demonstrates that the OED, in its use of readers from all over the world and its coverage of World English, is in fact a global text.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia
    Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia
    ISBN: 9781760632199
    Title: Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia
    Author: LASSERRE BARBARA

    If it goes 'moo' then every child knows it's a cow. If it goes 'Wham! Bam! Crash!' we're in a fast-paced comic. But what goes 'krknout'? Barbara Lasserre takes us on a playful journey through the delightful world of words that mimic sounds. Normally relegated to children's books, cartoons and comedians, she shows how these often ancient words reveal unexpected things about the way we think, speak and act. A book for anyone who loves playing with words. 'When it comes to the crunch, Words That Go Ping is bound to reverberate. Zipping between Norwegian kisses and Japanese silence, my brain is still humming.' - David Astle, writer, crossword maker and general word nerd 'An immensely satisfying book covering a neglected aspect of language with impeccable skill, and written in an open, flowing and humorous style.' - Susan Butler AO, inaugural editor of the Macquarie Dictionary 'Barbara Lasserre has conjured up a magical world of word mimicry. Her wondrous little book will delight all who love language.' - Richard Walsh, author and publisher

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Words Words Words
    Words Words Words
    ISBN: 9780199210770
    Title: Words Words Words
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID

    Words, Words, Words is all about the wonder of words. Drawing on a lifetime's experience, David Crystal explores language in all its rich varieties through words: the very building blocks of our communication. Language has no life of its own: it only exists in the mouths and ears, hands, eyes and brains of its users.

    As we are guided expertly and passionately through the mysteries and delights of word origins, histories, spellings, regional and social variations, taboo words, jargon, and wordplay, the contribution we all play in shaping the linguistic world around us becomes evident. Words, Words, Words is a celebration of what we say and how we say it. It invites us to engage linguistically with who we are: to understand what words tell us about where we come from and what we do.

    And as they continually shape our lives, it suggests ways that we can look at words anew and get involved with collecting and coining words ourselves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    ISBN: 9781760640958
    Title: Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    Author: MONTELL AMANDA

    A brash, enlightening and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.

    English is scattered with perfectly innocuous words that have devolved into insults hurled at women. The word 'bitch' originally meant male or female genitalia. 'Hussy' was simply a housewife, and a 'slut' was an untidy man or woman.

    Amanda Montell, feminist linguist and features editor at online magazine Byrdie, explains why words matter and why it's imperative that women embrace their unique relationship with language. Drawing on fascinating research, and moving effortlessly between history and pop culture, Montell deconstructs language - from insults and cursing to grammar and pronunciation - to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to gaslight women and keep them from gaining equality. Montell's irresistible intelligence and humour shines through as she makes linguistics not only approachable but downright enthralling.

    Far from being crushed by mansplainers and misogynists, women have a superior capacity to adapt to linguistic change, and tend to be at the forefront of linguistic trends. Wordslut gets to the heart of our language, sheds light into the biases that shadow women in our culture and shows how to embrace language to verbally smash the patriarchy.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Work on Your Vocabulary: Intermediate Level B2
    Work on Your Vocabulary: Intermediate Level B2
    ISBN: 9780007499656
    Title: Work on Your Vocabulary: Intermediate Level B2
    Author: COLLINS UK


    Hundreds of words to learn and remember


    Collins Work on your Vocabulary âe" Upper Intermediate (B2) is a new practice book that covers the key vocabulary needed by learners of English at Upper Intermediate level (CEF level B2).


    This book is an essential resource for learners who want to improve their English vocabulary. Each of the 30 units presents vocabulary relating to a particular topic using clear language and examples. This is followed by practice exercises to ensure the learner will remember and be able to use what they have learnt with confidence in their written and spoken English.


    The vocabulary covered in Collins Work on your Vocabulary âe" Upper Intermediate (B2) has been carefully selected based on Collins Corpus research and the experience of our language experts. As a result, this book provides plenty of useful practice with authentic, up-to-date examples of language usage in context. A carefully structured layout makes sure the language is always clear and the book is easy to navigate. Collins Work on your Vocabulary âe" Upper Intermediate (B2) is ideal for self-study or for use in the classroom, and is an essential resource for students and teachers.


    âe¢ Focuses on the vocabulary required at Upper Intermediate level (CEF level B2)

    âe¢ Thirty units with clear presentation material followed by practice exercises

    âe¢ Authentic examples of real English, taken from the Collins Corpus

    âe¢ Clear structure and presentation of language

    âe¢ Plenty of room to write in

    âe¢ Full answer key included

    âe¢ Ideal for self-study or for use in the classroom



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • World Without Whom The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
    World Without Whom The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
    ISBN: 9781408895023
    Title: World Without Whom The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
    Author: FAVILLA EMMY J

    Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the internet age As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of 'correct' writing? When Emmy Favilla was tasked with creating a styleguide for BuzzFeed, she opted for spelling, grammar and punctuation guidelines that would reflect how readers actually use language IRL. With wry humour and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a case for breaking the stuffy rules that have hitherto defined our relationship with language. Featuring priceless emoji strings, sidebars, quizzes and style debates among the most lovable word nerds of the digital media world - of which Favilla is the go-to style guru - A World Without "Whom" is essential for readers and writers of posts, tweets, texts, emails and whatever comes next.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Year 13 Ncea Biology Study Guide
    Year 13 Ncea Biology Study Guide
    ISBN: 9781877401022
    Title: Year 13 Ncea Biology Study Guide
    Author: HANSON MARTIN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Year 3 Science Workbook
    Year 3 Science Workbook
    ISBN: 9781877459948
    Title: Year 3 Science Workbook
    Author: CAROLINE MULHOLLAND


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Year 3 Social Studies Workbook
    Year 3 Social Studies Workbook
    ISBN: 9781877459955
    Title: Year 3 Social Studies Workbook
    Author: CAROLINE MULHOLLAND

    Fully updated for 2010, this workbook covers all seven Level Two Social Studies Achievement Objectives from The New Zealand Curriculum and will suit 7-year-old and 8-year old students. Learning Intentions/Objectives given as footers on each page to show the Achievement Objective being covered. Features exciting and relevant themes, activities to illustrate concepts and elicit student opinions and discussion, extensive use of New Zealand examples (people and places) and answers to provide a guide to student responses.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Year 7 English Study Guide
    Year 7 English Study Guide
    ISBN: 9781877530708
    Title: Year 7 English Study Guide
    Author: MCCALLUM ALISON, LUSBY BECKY, MULHOLLAND CAROLIN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.94
    $32.94
  • Year 8 English Study Guide
    Year 8 English Study Guide
    ISBN: 9781927153123
    Title: Year 8 English Study Guide
    Author: MCCALLUM ALISON, LUSBY BECKY, MULHOLLAND CAROLIN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.94
    $32.94
  • You are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches Language Laws & the Power of Words
    You are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches Language Laws & the Power of Words
    ISBN: 9781863955416
    Title: You are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches Language Laws & the Power of Words
    Author: GREENE ROBERT LANE

    Why does language move some of us to anxiety or even rage? For centuries, sticklers have donned the cloak of authority to control how people use words. In this sensational new book, Robert Lane Greene strikes back to defend the fascinating, real-life diversity of this most basic human faculty. Along the way, he corrects Bill Bryson's 'facts' about words, challenges the rhetoric of Lynne Truss's bestselling EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES, and explains why speech is a lot like jazz. Travel with Greene on a rollicking world tour that shows the role language beliefs play in shaping our identities, for good and ill. From the Tower of Babel to Ataturk's banning of Arabic script, he charts how language 'experts' moved from myth-making to rule-making and from building cohesive communities to building modern nations. This enthralling book reveals that our arguments about language may relate to something else entirely, and illuminates the rewards of being flexible with our words. YOU ARE WHAT YOU SPEAK will certainly get people talking.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • You Had Better Make Some Noise: Words to Change the World
    You Had Better Make Some Noise: Words to Change the World
    ISBN: 9780714876733
    Title: You Had Better Make Some Noise: Words to Change the World
    Author: PHAIDON EDITORS


    A timeless collection of quotations by visionaries who have been catalysts for change - through the ages and across the globe


    You Had Better Make Some Noise brings together the words of social activists, revolutionaries, artists, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians, and more - individuals who fought for justice, galvanizing us all to do the same. Familiar figures - Thomas Paine to Bertrand Russell, Seneca to Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk to Ai Weiwei, James Baldwin to Margaret Mead - are joined by a chorus of voices that have made their own indelible marks on the legacy of protest and progress.


    "When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?" Nelson Mandela asked that question, and this positive and reinforcing book urges us to heed the call.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • You Say Potato: a Book About Accents
    You Say Potato: a Book About Accents
    ISBN: 9781447255468
    Title: You Say Potato: a Book About Accents
    Author: CRYSTAL BEN & DAVID CRYSTAL

    Some people say scohn, while others say schown.He says bath, while she says bahth.You say potayto. I say potahtoAnd--wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto. Have they?From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English.Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham?Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • You Talkin to Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama
    You Talkin to Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama
    ISBN: 9781846683152
    Title: You Talkin to Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama
    Author: LEITH SAM

    Rhetoric is nothing to be afraid of. It isn't the exclusive preserve of politicians: it's everywhere, from your argument with the insurance company to your plea to the waitress for a table near the window. It convicts criminals (and then frees them on appeal). It causes governments to rise and fall, best men to be shunned by their friends, brides, and perfectly sensible adults to march with steady purpose towards machine guns. In this highly entertaining (and persuasive) book, Sam Leith examines how people have taught, practised and thought about rhetoric from its Attic origins to its twenty-first century apotheosis. Along the way, he tells the stories of its heroes and villains, from Cicero and Erasmus, to Hitler, Obama; and Gyles Brandreth. Knowledge, it has been said, is power. And rhetoric is what gives words power.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • You're Saying It Wrong
    You're Saying It Wrong
    ISBN: 9780399578083
    Title: You're Saying It Wrong
    Author: PETRAS ROSS & PETRAS KATHRYN

    For word nerds and grammar geeks, a witty& guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse.

    With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship, trompe l'oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming us with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the "slangy" way (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like "How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler" and "How to Sound Cultured," readers will be able to speak about foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority.


    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
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