the etymologicon a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the english language

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The Etymologicon

Author : Mark Forsyth
ISBN : 9781101611760
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Do you know why… …a mortgage is literally a death pledge? …why guns have girls’ names? …why salt is related to soldier? You’re about to find out… The Etymologicon (e-t?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) is: *Witty (wi-te\): Full of clever humor *Erudite (er-?-dit): Showing knowledge *Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensive The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.


Author : Dan Manolescu
ISBN : 9781642374032
Genre : Education
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TIPS - A Guidebook for Teaching Excellence in ESL - is a necessary tool for teaching and learning English as a Second Language. The book is a sampler containing useful information regarding the history of the English language, the correlation between language and culture, and provides a solid framework with which to create meaningful contexts in the teaching and learning of correct grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, and literature at various levels of English proficiency. The major sections of the book start with TIPS and practical information addressed to the ESL teachers (and students), and the main purpose is to help instructors deliver interesting, productive, and effective content in the classroom. The author reveals the need for teachers to elevate the students’ motivation by positioning the learning as a discovery process. They become more and more eager to find out about the how’s and why’s of the development of the language. The book collects practical information on a variety of topics and the research behind them in an easy-to-use format.

The Horologicon

Author : Mark Forsyth
ISBN : 1848314302
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them. Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That’s fudgelling, which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch, though by dinner time you will have become a sparkling deipnosophist. From Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this is a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

The Runaway Species

Author : David Eagleman
ISBN : 9781936787678
Genre : Psychology
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“The authors look at art and science together to examine how innovations—from Picasso’s initially offensive paintings to Steve Jobs’s startling iPhone—build on what already exists and rely on three brain operations: bending, breaking and blending. This manifesto . . . shows how both disciplines foster creativity.” —The Wall Street Journal “The Runaway Species approach[es] creativity scientifically but sensitively, feeling its roots without pulling them out.” —The Economist The Runaway Species is a deep dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt seek to answer the question: what lies at the heart of humanity’s ability—and drive—to create? Our ability to remake our world is unique among all living things. But where does our creativity come from, how does it work, and how can we harness it to improve our lives, schools, businesses, and institutions? Eagleman and Brandt examine hundreds of examples of human creativity through dramatic storytelling and stunning images in this beautiful, full-color volume. By drawing out what creative acts have in common and viewing them through the lens of cutting-edge neuroscience, they uncover the essential elements of this critical human ability, and encourage a more creative future for all of us.

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