The Word Detective

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ISBN: 9781408706596
Release Date: 2016-10-13
Number of pages: 384
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online The Word Detective in PDF and EPUB Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries are definitive, and the notion that language is falling apart. With a sense of humour, an ability to laugh at bureaucracy and an inclination to question the status quo, John Simpson gives life to the colourful characters at the OED and to the English language itself. He splices his stories with entertaining and erudite diversions into the history and origin of words such as 'kangaroo', 'hot-dog' , 'pommie', 'bicycle' , not ignoring those swearwords often classed as 'Anglo-Saxon' ! The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.


The Word Detective

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ISBN: UVA:X004595213
Release Date: 2001-10-04
Number of pages: 256
Author: Evan Morris
Publisher: Plume Books

Download and read online The Word Detective in PDF and EPUB The "Word Detective" searches out clues to the origin of interesting words and phrases, such as Big Apple, moxie, yahoo, gormless, feed a cold, and many others, in a collection of articles from the syndicated "Word Detective" column. Reprint.


The Word Detective

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ISBN: 0746003986
Release Date: 1982
Number of pages: 46
Author: Heather Amery
Publisher: Usborne Pub Limited

Download and read online The Word Detective in PDF and EPUB Helps children understand the meaning of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns by using these parts of speech in stories.


The Word Detective in German

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ISBN: 0860206645
Release Date: 1983-06-01
Number of pages: 47
Author: Heather Amery
Publisher: Edc Pub

Download and read online The Word Detective in German in PDF and EPUB Helps children understand the meaning of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns in German by using these parts of speech in stories.


Words on the Move

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ISBN: 9781627794732
Release Date: 2016-09-06
Number of pages: 288
Author: John McWhorter
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Download and read online Words on the Move in PDF and EPUB A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight it Language is always changing -- but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way. Whether it’s the use of literally to mean “figuratively” rather than “by the letter,” or the way young people use LOL and like, or business jargon like What’s the ask? -- it often seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes. But the truth is different and a lot less scary, as John McWhorter shows in this delightful and eye-opening exploration of how English has always been in motion and continues to evolve today. Drawing examples from everyday life and employing a generous helping of humor, he shows that these shifts are a natural process common to all languages, and that we should embrace and appreciate these changes, not condemn them. Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant “blessed”? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn? McWhorter encourages us to marvel at the dynamism and resilience of the English language, and his book offers a lively journey through which we discover that words are ever on the move and our lives are all the richer for it.


Word by Word

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ISBN: 9781101870952
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Number of pages: 336
Author: Kory Stamper
Publisher: Pantheon

Download and read online Word by Word in PDF and EPUB Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Have you ever tried to define the word “is”? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens. Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises—for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917. Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. Certain to be a delight for all lovers of words, Stamper’s debut will make you laugh as much as it makes you appreciate the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.


The Case of the Missing Moonstone The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency Book 1

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ISBN: 9780385754422
Release Date: 2015-01-06
Number of pages: 240
Author: Jordan Stratford
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Download and read online The Case of the Missing Moonstone The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency Book 1 in PDF and EPUB History, mystery, and science collide in a new series for middle-grade readers, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket! Jordan Stratford imagines an alternate 1826, where Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency! Lady Ada Byron, age eleven, is a genius. Isolated, awkward and a bit rude—but a genius. Mary Godwin, age fourteen, is a romantic. Adventurous, astute, and kind, Mary is to become Ada’s first true friend. And together, the girls conspire to form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency—a secret constabulary for the apprehension of clever criminals. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. But it’s no match for the deductive powers and bold hearts of Ada and Mary. Mystery fans will love this tween girl riff on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. History buffs will be delighted to see all the real figures who play a role in this story and appreciate the extensive backmatter that helps separate truth from fiction. Parents and educators hoping to promote the STEM fields for girls will be thrilled to have a series where two girls use math, science, and creative analytical thinking to solve crimes. But most especially--emerging readers will love this series filled with humor, action, intrigue and wonderful artwork from Kelly Murphy. From the Hardcover edition.


Writing Lesson Level K Be a Word Detective

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ISBN: 9781480769007
Release Date: 2014-02-01
Number of pages: 4
Author: Richard Gentry, Ph.D.
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

Download and read online Writing Lesson Level K Be a Word Detective in PDF and EPUB Incorporate writing instruction in your classroom as an essential element of literacy development while implementing best practices. Simplify the planning of writing instruction and become familiar with the Common Core State Standards of Writing.


Word of Mouse

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ISBN: 9781473536593
Release Date: 2016-12-01
Number of pages: 304
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Word of Mouse in PDF and EPUB What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky – which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right – Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans... if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his 'mischief' (which is the word for a mouse family) and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls and terrified people, it's hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.


Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency

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ISBN: 9781439140611
Release Date: 2013-02-26
Number of pages: 320
Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency in PDF and EPUB From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction. DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY We solve the whole crime We find the whole person Phone today for the whole solution to your problem (Missing cats and messy divorces a specialty) Douglas Adams, the “master of wacky words and even wackier tales” (Entertainment Weekly) once again boggles the mind with a completely unbelievable story of ghosts, time travel, eccentric computer geniuses, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the end of the world, and—of course—missing cats.


When We Were Orphans

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ISBN: 9780571249374
Release Date: 2009-01-08
Number of pages: 320
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Faber & Faber

Download and read online When We Were Orphans in PDF and EPUB England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him; the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in Old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Now, as the world lurches towards total war, Banks realises the time has come for him to return to the city of his childhood and at last solve the mystery - that only by his doing so will civilisation be saved from the approaching catastrophe. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were Orphans is a story of memory, intrigue and the need to return; of a childhood vision of the world surviving deep into adulthood, indelibly shaping and distorting a person's life. If you enjoyed When We Were Orphans, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.


A Cowboy Detective

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ISBN: UVA:X000610374
Release Date: 1912
Number of pages: 515
Author: Charles A. Siringo
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Detective Cross

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ISBN: 9781786531018
Release Date: 2017-05-04
Number of pages: 160
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Detective Cross in PDF and EPUB James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. The suspect is your patient, Dr. Cross. An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? By the time Alex Cross and his wife, Bree Stone, uncover the chilling truth, it may already be too late....


The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

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ISBN: 9780199283620
Release Date: 2016
Number of pages: 688
Author: Peter Gilliver
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary in PDF and EPUB This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The author, uniquely among historians of the OED, is also a practising lexicographer with nearly thirty years' experience of working on the Dictionary. He has drawn on a wide range of sources--including previously unexamined archival material and eyewitness testimony--to create a detailed history of the project. The book explores the cultural background from which the idea of a comprehensive historical dictionary of English emerged, the lengthy struggles to bring this concept to fruition, and the development of the book from the appearance of the first printed fascicle in 1884 to the launching of the Dictionary as an online database in 2000 and beyond. It also examines the evolution of the lexicographers' working methods, and provides much information about the people--many of them remarkable individuals--who have contributed to the project over the last century and a half.


Jane Austen the Secret Radical

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ISBN: 9781785781179
Release Date: 2016-11-03
Number of pages: 320
Author: Helena Kelly
Publisher: Icon Books

Download and read online Jane Austen the Secret Radical in PDF and EPUB ‘A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves.’ Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels don’t confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers’ enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just don’t read her properly - we haven’t been reading her properly for 200 years. Jane Austen, The Secret Radical puts that right. In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was regarded as the lightest of literary genres, the novel, to grapple with the weightiest of subjects – feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution – at a time, and in a place, when to write about such things directly was seen as akin to treason. Uncovering a radical, spirited and political engaged Austen, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical will encourage you to read Jane, all over again.