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Alphabet Juice

Alphabet Juice

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From sources as venerable as the OED and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com, and especially from the author's own wide-ranging experience, this book derives an organic take on language that is unlike any other.
Alphabet Juice

Alphabet Juice

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If everybody's first English teacher were Roy Blount Jr., we might still be trillions in debt, but we would be so deeply in love with words and their magic . . . that we'd hardly notice. --Chris Tucker, The Dallas Morning News

After forty years of making a living using words in every medium except greeting cards, Roy Blount Jr. still can't get over his ABCs. In Alphabet Juice, he celebrates the juju, the crackle, the sonic and kinetic energies, of letters and their combinations. He has a strong sense of right and wrong, but he is not out to prescribe proper English. His passion is for questions such as these: Did you know that both mammal and matter derive from baby talk? Have you noticed how wince makes you wince?

Three and a half centuries ago, Thomas Blount produced his Glossographia, the first dictionary to explore derivations of English words. This Blount's Glossographia takes that pursuit to new levels. From sources as venerable as the OED and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com, and especially from the author's own wide ranging experience, Alphabet Juice derives an organic take on language that is unlike, and more fun than, any other.

Amusing, bemusing, and smart as hell. --Daniel Okrent, Fortune

Danced in Blount's arms, English swings smartly. --Jack Shafer, The New York Times Book Review

Gracefully erudite and joyous. --Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe

Alphabetter Juice

Alphabetter Juice

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Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists
No man of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving humorist Roy Blount Jr. His glossary, from "ad""hominy" to "zizz," ""is hearty, full bodied, and out to please discriminating palates coarse and fine. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combinations in "Alphabet Juice," to wide acclaim. Now, "Alphabetter Juice." Which is "better."
This book""is for anyone--novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or career grammarian--who loves to get physical with words. What is the universal sign of disgust, "ew," doing in "beautiful" and "cutie"? Why is "toadless," but not "frogless," in the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. Supreme Court find relevance in "gollywoddles"? Might there be scientific evidence for the sonicky value of "hunch"? And why would someone not bother to spell correctly the very word he is trying to define on Urbandictionary.com?
Digging into how locutions evolve, and work, or fail, Blount""draws upon everything from "The Tempest" to "The Wire." He takes us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, where a distinguished etymologist bites off more of a "giantess" than he can chew. Jimmy Stewart appears, in connection with "kludge "and the bombing of Switzerland. Litigation over "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious "leads to a vintage werewolf movie; news of possum-tossing, to "metanarrative.
"As Michael Dirda wrote in "The Washington Post Book World," "The immensely likeable Blount clearly possesses what was called in the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura, ' that rare and enviable ability to do even the most difficult things without breaking a sweat." "Alphabetter Juice" is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a taste.

Always Apprentices

Always Apprentices

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Always Apprentices collects five years of intimate, wide-ranging conversations with many of today's most prominent writers, taken from the pages of the Believer. The participants don't limit themselves to issues of writing and craft, but instead offer unfettered exchanges on a wide range of topics--from what it means to be a consumer to whether or not to kill a deer, from how we get to know each other to walking while inebriated. The interviews feature the serious-yet-casual Believer approach to the often staid interview format. For example, Sheila Heti asks Mary Gaitskill, "If you go into a room or go to a party, is there a basic disposition you have toward humans going through the world?" Elsewhere, Colum McCann begins his conversation with Aleksandar Hemon by asking, "What are we doing here? Why aren't we in a pub?" Other interviews include Don DeLillo talking with Bret Easton Ellis; Joan Didion talking with Vendela Vida; and Barry Hannah talking with Wells Tower.
American Flag

American Flag

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This handsome guide to the American flag is a concise collection of the history and etiquette of the U.S. flag in an elegant hardcover edition. The book includes details of the laws relating to the U.S. flag as described in the United States Code, information about the Pledge of Allegiance and Flag Day, a guide to flag presentation and care, and a timeline of flag history--noting the date each state was added to the union.
American Heritage College Dictionary

American Heritage College Dictionary

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The newly updated American Heritage(R) College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, presents the very best that a college dictionary can offer.
It features all the qualities that have distinguished the American Heritage(R) name for decades: a clear and accessible defining style, expert usage advice, and more than 2,500 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions and invite browsing.
New to this updated release are recently prominent terms such as blue state, edamame, and fattoush. The Periodic Table of the Elements includes the newest element, roentgenium. Biographical entries are fully up-to-date, and geographical entries reflect the latest geopolitical changes.
And now for the first time, The American Heritage(R) College Dictionary includes a registration card with a unique passkey code that allows the user to download directly to a PC or Mac the entire contents of The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus.
The eReference Suite can be accessed within Microsoft(R) Office applications at the click of a button. This remarkable $34.95 value is free with the print product.
American Heritage College Dictionary, 4th Edition

American Heritage College Dictionary, 4th Edition

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Bearing the hallmarks that characterize the American Heritage line, this fourth edition features clear definitions; expert usage advice; and more than 2,500 photos, maps, and drawings that enhance the definitions. Includes a free download of the eReference Suite.
American Heritage College Writers Dictionary

American Heritage College Writers Dictionary

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Ideal for college students and advanced high school students, the American Heritage College Writer's Dictionary is a brand-new paperbound reference book from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries. It is aimed at users who need a dictionary that is more advanced than the Student Dictionary but more conveniently sized and priced than the 2084-page hardcover American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. The College Writer's Dictionary will be especially useful for customers who do not have ready access to our electronic products. Each entry is clearly defined, and thousands of example sentences show how entry words are used in context. There are no biographical or geographical entries, thus allowing more room for basic vocabulary. A gazetteer at the back of the book lists countries, states, and capitals. Hundreds of word history notes describe the development of words in clear, straightforward language. A style guide, detailed definitions of grammatical terms, and dozens of usage notes provide guidance on grammar and style points. This reference book is designed to be a workhorse for writers - great for high school students who are studying for standardized tests or who are allowed to use print dictionaries during tests, for college students whose schools lack the resources to provide online content, and for individuals who prefer a conveniently sized print dictionary for their home or office.
American Heritage Desk Dictionary

American Heritage Desk Dictionary

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Based on the authoritative American Heritage (R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, this new edition of the American Heritage (R) Desk Dictionary has been completely updated; every single entry has been reviewed and revised as necessary. Its thousands of new words and senses, such as antiquark, earbud, and the verb sense of friend, reflect recent developments in the sciences, technology, and popular culture. Hundreds of photographs and drawings enhance the text, and several tables such as the periodic table of the elements and a table of units of measurement provide helpful data in a useful visual format.

Forming the heart of the dictionary, however, are its more than 70,000 entry words, whose clear, straightforward definitions--supplemented by pronunciations, inflections of irregular verbs and plural nouns, and selected etymologies--make the American Heritage (R) Desk Dictionary an essential reference for the office, school, or home.

American Heritage Desk Dictionary

American Heritage Desk Dictionary

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American Heritage(R) dictionaries are known for their accessible definitions, informative art, and expert usage guidance. The handy new desk edition brings you all these features in a durable binding with clear, readable type, at a price that puts it in reach of every desk.
- More than 70,000 entries, thoroughly revised and updated - More than 1,000 new words and meanings, from bioreserve and domestic partner to MP3 and zine - Expert guidance on correct English usage - 400 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions - Synonyms, regional notes, etymologies, and more
American Heritage Dictionary

American Heritage Dictionary

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- More than 70,000 entries
- Thoroughly revised and updated
- 2,500 new words and meanings
- More than 400 photographs and illustrations
- Expert guidance on correct usage

YOU ARE YOUR WORDS

The words you use define you. Make the most of them with The American Heritage(R) Dictionary.

THE FIFTH EDITION FEATURES

Clear definitions written in a style that is accurate and easy to understand
New words and senses in all areas from science and technology to food and clothing
Biographical and geographical entries that identify the people and places you need to know
Useful illustrations that enhance the definitions and make learning easier
Expert guidance on usage based on surveys of the American Heritage(R) Usage Panel
Etymologies, synonyms, antonyms, and much more

American Heritage Dictionary

American Heritage Dictionary

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The all-new Fourth Edition of the American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language offers more information about the language, in a more accessible format, than any other dictionary in its class. And its elegant, inviting design makes it the most handsome reference book on the market.
The Editors of the American Heritage(R) Dictionary have added over 10,000 new words and senses. From slang and popular culture to the latest medical, high-tech, and scientific terms, the Fourth Edition's vocabulary has been thoroughly updated to reflect our constantly changing language.
Fresh, full-color design. Over 4,000 full-color photographs, drawings, and maps enhance the American Heritage(R) Dictionary's definitions and make browsing irresistible.
Trustworthy usage guidance. The American Heritage(R) Dictionary has distinguished itself for decades by offering clear and comprehensive usage guidance. Hundreds of new and updated Usage Notes, based on the results of surveys sent to the more than 200 scholars and writers who comprise our Usage Panel, help you make informed decisions about usage questions you face every day.
More in-depth note features than any other dictionary. Word Histories, Synonym Paragraphs, and Regional Notes explore the language in a breadth and depth unequaled by any other dictionary.
All-new Our Living Language Notes. A fascinating new series of Notes illustrates how social factors such as age and ethnicity influence the way our language is shaped by speakers from all walks of life.
Unrivaled biographies and geographies. The American Heritage(R) Dictionary has long been known for its expansive treatment of biographical and geographical entries. These informative capsule summaries have been thoroughly updated for the Fourth Edition.
Two unique Appendixes. Discover the hidden connections between words in the newly expanded Appendix of Indo-European Roots and in the all-new Appendix of Semitic Roots. The American Heritage(R) Dictionary offers you the most thorough and intriguing view of the history of words to be found in any dictionary.
American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition

American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition

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Over 70,000 entries Thoroughly revised and updated 1,000 new words and meanings Over 400 photographs and illustrations Expert guidance on correct usageBased on the bestselling American Heritage(r) Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth EditionAmerican Heritage(r) dictionaries are widely known as the most innovative and informative dictionaries in today's market. This all-new fourth edition of the best-selling classic continues that tradition with its clear and precise definitions, its expert usage guidance, and its wealth of illustrations. Newly updated to reflect our changing language, this revised edition is the most up-to-date and authoritative dictionary available today. More than a thousand new entries for such terms as "e-tailer, zine, bioreserve, chatroom, red card, domestic partner " More biographical and geographical entries than any other paperback, thoroughly updated for the new millennium The most lavishly illustrated dictionary on the market -- with over 400 images Expert usage guidance based on the American Heritage(r) Usage Panel Regional notes from around the country Hundreds of synonym lists, fascinating etymologies, and much moreAmerican Heritage(r) Dictionaries. Setting a new standard."
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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The much-anticipated Fifth Edition of The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language is the premier resource about words for people who seek to know more and find fresh perspectives. Exhaustively researched and thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition contains 10,000 new words and senses, over 4,000 dazzling new full-color images, and authoritative, up-to-date guidance on usage from the celebrated American Heritage(R) Usage Panel.

In keeping with the American Heritage tradition of cutting-edge research, the Fifth Edition represents the work of a dedicated team of experts, scholars, and contributors. Thousands of definitions have been revised in rapidly changing fields such as astronomy and biology, geographical entries and maps have been completely updated, and the dictionary's signature feature notes on word history, synonymy, and language variation have been enhanced and improved.

Trustworthy advice on controversies and conundrums in English usage is provided by the American Heritage Usage Panel, a group of 200 prominent users of the language. Under the leadership of Steven Pinker, preeminent researcher on language and the mind, the Panel passes judgment on both new and longstanding usage problems. No other dictionary offers such discerning and helpful guidance on issues of usage, grammar, and style.

Word meanings are made easier to understand with thousands of new quotations from classic and contemporary writers. Etymologies explaining word origins and development have been newly created or revised to reflect the very latest scholarship. Many words are traced back to their roots in prehistory through two unique appendixes showing word roots in ancient Indo-European and Semitic.
Reliable, enlightening, and visually stunning, the Fifth Edition of The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language gives you the opportunity to make your mark in the best possible way.

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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This newly updated edition of America's favorite dictionary features revised biographical and geographical entries as well as up-to-date charts and tables for topics such as world currencies and chemical elements. Among the 500 entries new to this update are Amber Alert, blogosphere, gravitino, halo effect, hawala, lycopene, malware, micropolis, proteome, Qi Gong, SARS, shout-out, speed dating, sudoku, Texas hold'em, text message, and wiki.
The renowned American Heritage(R) Usage Panel, a group of more than 200 distinguished writers, scholars, and scientists, offers advice on problems of grammar and style; engaging notes explain word histories and clarify differences among synonyms; thousands of quotations and example sentences show words in context; and elegant definitions are enhanced by 4,000 full-color photographs, drawings, and maps, making this one of the most readable dictionaries available anywhere.
This dictionary can also be purchased with a fully loadable Windows(R) / Mac(R) CD-ROM that contains the entire text of the updated Fourth Edition, 68,000 audio pronunciations, 1,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, and a college-level thesaurus with more than 260,000 synonyms. The CD-ROM has spell-check capability and can be used in conjunction with any Microsoft(R) Office application to get definitions at the click of a mouse.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Editon

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Editon

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This newly updated edition of America's favorite dictionary features revised biographical and geographical entries as well as up-to-date charts and tables for topics such as world currencies and chemical elements. Among the 500 entries new to this update are Amber Alert, blogosphere, gravitino, halo effect, hawala, lycopene, malware, micropolis, proteome, Qi Gong, SARS, shout-out, speed dating, sudoku, Texas hold'em, text message, and wiki.
The renowned American Heritage(R) Usage Panel, a group of more than 200 distinguished writers, scholars, and scientists, offers advice on problems of grammar and style; engaging notes explain word histories and clarify differences among synonyms; thousands of quotations and example sentences show words in context; and elegant definitions are enhanced by 4,000 full-color photographs, drawings, and maps, making this one of the most readable dictionaries available anywhere.
This dictionary can also be purchased with a fully loadable Windows(R) / Mac(R) CD-ROM that contains the entire text of the updated Fourth Edition, 68,000 audio pronunciations, 1,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, and a college-level thesaurus with more than 260,000 synonyms. The CD-ROM has spell-check capability and can be used in conjunction with any Microsoft(R) Office application to get definitions at the click of a mouse.
American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Ed.

American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Ed.

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-Over 70,000 entries
-Thoroughly revised and updated
-1,000 new words and meanings
-Over 400 photographs and illustrations
-Expert guidance on correct usage
Based on the bestselling American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
American Heritage(R) dictionaries are widely known as the most innovative and informative dictionaries in today's market. This all-new fourth edition of the best-selling classic continues that tradition with its clear and precise definitions, its expert usage guidance, and its wealth of illustrations. Newly updated to reflect our changing language, this revised edition is the most up-to-date and authoritative dictionary available today.
-More than a thousand new entries for such terms as "e-tailer, zine, bioreserve, chatroom, red card, domestic partner "
-More biographical and geographical entries than any other paperback, thoroughly updated for the new millennium
-The most lavishly illustrated dictionary on the market -- with over 400 images
-Expert usage guidance based on the American Heritage(R) Usage Panel
-Regional notes from around the country
-Hundreds of synonym lists, fascinating etymologies, and much more
American Heritage(R) Dictionaries. Setting a new standard.

American Heritage Spanish Dictionary

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