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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.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: John McWhorter
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release: 2016-09-06
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781627794732

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: John McWhorter
Publisher: Picador USA
Release: 2017-09-12
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 1250143780

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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.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: John McWhorter
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 2016-09-06
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781627794718

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Based on a self-published typographic notebook first produced in 1959; this reproduction includes thoughts by influential designers such as George Lois and April Greiman on the lasting impact of this type primer.

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Genre: Design
Author: Ivan Chermayeff
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Release: 2006-05-11
File: 64 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015067694904

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This delightful collection of playful Play-Doh illustrations and word labels will help develop young children's vocabulary and set them on the path to reading.

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Genre: Board books
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Release: 2013
File: Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:1150858578

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Move the World with Words illuminates the human side of global commerce that defines Smartling's connection with the world: translators. Every day, Smartling employs and empowers translators to bring home meaning - to breathe life into content. From the rural state of Asturias, Spain to the bustling city of São Paulo, Brazil, Elisabeth Brentano traveled all over Europe, Asia, and South America to document the lives of a dozen talented translators. Elisabeth reveals their fresh perspectives on communication in the digital age and how passion for language enables translators to create content that connects people and places - moving the world with words.

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Author: Elisabeth Brentano
Publisher:
Release: 2019-09-25
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 1733441603

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"More than a hundred people killed on a bright spring day. The citys most beautiful and iconic landmark in ruins. The man accused of setting the fire is dead, buried in the rubble along with answers to the question, "Why?" As Juni Bruder of the Orlando Herald talks to rescuers and survivors, she cant shake the feeling that something isnt right. The official story doesnt ring true. Her interviews become front-page news. So does her suicide, a year after the blaze. Her brother Peter, a Jesuit priest, finds a clean apartment and a stack of papers sealed in plastic bags. Sifting through his sisters effects, he reads the stories of the dead, from the architect who designed the famous building to the janitor blamed for destroying it. A file on Junis laptop will reveal the hidden threads that bound the victims together, the seemingly random acts that brought them to a single place and moment in time. In the end, the answers Juni seeks wont be the ones she finds. Told through an inspired mix of puzzle pieces-news stories, phone transcripts, press releases-and filled with gallows humor, this is a novel about life, loss and the slippery nature of truth--Provided by the publisher.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Alison R. Lockwood
Publisher:
Release: 2012-09
File: 293 Pages
ISBN-13: 0985535806

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Can you drink a glass of balderdash? What do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? And if, serendipitously, you find yourself in Serendip, then where exactly are you? The answers to all of these questions -- and a great many more -- can be found in the pages of the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive record of the English language. And there is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than the former chief editor of the OED, John Simpson. Simpson spent almost four decades of his life immersed in the intricacies of our language, and guides us through its history with charmingly laconic wit. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being (and sometimes disappear), how culture shapes the language we use, and how technology has transformed not only the way we speak and write but also how words are made. Throughout, he enlivens his narrative with lively excavations and investigations of individual words -- from deadline to online and back to 101 (yes, it's a word) -- all the while reminding us that the seemingly mundane words (can you name the four different meanings of ma?) are often the most interesting ones. But Simpson also reminds us of the limitations of language: spending his days in the OED's house of words, his family at home is forced to confront the challenges of wordlessness. A brilliant and deeply humane expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight and inspire any lover of language.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2016-10-25
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465096527

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Money, money, money! It makes the world go round and round so it seems. You can either think about it or not, but you cannot escape it! How To Gain Wealth With Just One Word is a short and sweet ebook alternative. The author shares his personal experiences on receiving wealth and how his experiences will help you. This ebook discusses the power of thought, the subconscious and how to receive the best results on receiving wealth. Gene Geter is a photographer, author and former entertainment coing Bianca Golden (America's Next Top Model), Kahshanna Evans and Laurence Yang. Geter has also interviewed Prince, Alicia Keys, Jessica Alba, Robin Thicke, Kristin Kreuk, Aaliyah, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Jada Pinkett Smith. He has published novellas, poetry and photography books. Geter is also a videographer, directing, writing and producing videos on YouTube and Vimeo.

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Genre: Self-Help
Author: Gene Geter
Publisher: Gene Geter
Release: 2013-12-29
File: 4 Pages
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An impassioned, tender, and joyous memoir by the author of Musicophilia and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life. With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions--weight lifting and swimming--also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists--Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick--who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer--and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Release: 2015-04-28
File: 325 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345808981

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