The Resource What in the word? : wordplay, word lore, and answers to your peskiest questions about language, Charles Harrington Elster

What in the word? : wordplay, word lore, and answers to your peskiest questions about language, Charles Harrington Elster

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What in the word? : wordplay, word lore, and answers to your peskiest questions about language
Title
What in the word?
Title remainder
wordplay, word lore, and answers to your peskiest questions about language
Statement of responsibility
Charles Harrington Elster
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elster, Charles Harrington
Dewey number
422
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Plays on words
  • Americanisms
Label
What in the word? : wordplay, word lore, and answers to your peskiest questions about language, Charles Harrington Elster
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0510/2005008899.html
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Harvest original."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-273) and index
Contents
Once upon a word : word histories, mysteries, hoaxes, and hype : sorting the tall tales from the truth -- A slough of solecisms : wherein the author leads you safely out of a morass of mistakes and misperceptions into the clear, comforting light of correct English -- The grandiloquent gumshoe : words recovered, discovered, and devised -- The elegance of style : distinctions, clarifications, niceties, and other little things that make your language more polished and precise -- A civil tongue : wherein the author launders your pronunciation and presses you to speak with propriety and poise -- Born in the USA : some quintessentially American words and expressions, from okay to humongous, with some other American stuff thrown in just for fun -- The wonder of words : a fascinating farrago of word lore and wordplay that just didn't fit anywhere else
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 286 p.
Isbn
9780156031974
Lccn
2005008899
System control number
ocm58788975
Label
What in the word? : wordplay, word lore, and answers to your peskiest questions about language, Charles Harrington Elster
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0510/2005008899.html
Publication
Note
"A Harvest original."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-273) and index
Contents
Once upon a word : word histories, mysteries, hoaxes, and hype : sorting the tall tales from the truth -- A slough of solecisms : wherein the author leads you safely out of a morass of mistakes and misperceptions into the clear, comforting light of correct English -- The grandiloquent gumshoe : words recovered, discovered, and devised -- The elegance of style : distinctions, clarifications, niceties, and other little things that make your language more polished and precise -- A civil tongue : wherein the author launders your pronunciation and presses you to speak with propriety and poise -- Born in the USA : some quintessentially American words and expressions, from okay to humongous, with some other American stuff thrown in just for fun -- The wonder of words : a fascinating farrago of word lore and wordplay that just didn't fit anywhere else
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 286 p.
Isbn
9780156031974
Lccn
2005008899
System control number
ocm58788975

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