Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language

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Morgan James Publishing #ad - Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills. Learn the ins and outs of effective written and oral communication through a collection of trivia, anecdotes, puzzles, lists, and practical lessons.

Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language #ad - Provocative insights into high-stakes forms of communication—speaking, selling, and even romance—are mixed with English language trivia, coaching, interviewing, humorous anecdotes, and unique puzzles. Eureka! illuminates the oddities, the amusement, and the communication power to be found in the English language.

His inspiring perspective will transform you into a better listener, writer, speaker, and teammate, and it will stimulate some deeper self-observation—a catalyst for improving your own communications proficiency.

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A Cure for the Common Word: Remedy Your Tired Vocabulary with 3,000 + Vibrant Alternatives to the Most Overused Words

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Untreed Reads Publishing #ad - Arranged alphabetically, weird, each overused word—from absolutely and awesome to want, and well—is given more than fifteen alternatives that might better communicate your meaning. If this diagnosis fits your ailing communication skills, precise, here’s your prescription: a unique vocabulary guide offering more than three-thousand impressive, and engaging alternatives to the one-hundred most overused words.

A Cure for the Common Word: Remedy Your Tired Vocabulary with 3,000 + Vibrant Alternatives to the Most Overused Words #ad - That fraction is usually filled with worn-out oldies that have lost their impact—and perhaps even their meaning—such as interesting, basic, and nice. Your brain holds an impressive vocabulary of more than twenty-thousand words, but chances are you only use a small fraction of them. Along with a list of synonyms, witty quotes, sample sentences, each common word is accompanied by definitions, explanations of why the word fails to communicate, and much more.

When “good” isn’t good enough, make your vocabulary splendid, stupendous, and electrifying with this guide to words that really say something.

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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

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Counterpoint #ad - With a chapter devoted to each letter, Rosen shares personal anecdotes and fascinating facts about the history and evolution of written language. Starting with the mysterious phoenicians and the first time sounds were turned into symbols, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, trace our five lost letters and tackle the tyranny of spelling, pin down the strange story of OK, among many other things.

A “beguiling .  .  . In alphabetical, michael rosen tells the fascinating tale of how our modern alphabet—those twenty-six peculiar shapes and their corresponding sounds—came to be. His heroes of the alphabet range from edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall the inventor of the A-Z, and from the two scribes of Beowulf to today’s most innovative rappers.

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story #ad - . Passionate and funny” biography of the alphabet—from A to Z and umlauts to dictionaries—by a bestselling author “whose fervor is contagious” Boston Globe. Exploring subjects from codes to umlauts and the writing of dictionaries, how we use it, “Rosen has written a charming and thought-provoking book about what written language represents, and the joys and mysteries therein.

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.

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Words Gone Wild: Fun and Games for Language Lovers

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - It also provides a bit of historical and etymological education, the Bible, Shakespeare, with puns from Greek dramatists, George S. Kaufman, and Groucho Marx. Occasionally bawdy and always playful, Words Gone Wild is a fun-filled volume for anyone who loves language—and laughter.  . A treasury for anyone who enjoys puns, limericks, puzzles, and all kinds of wordplay!   This enlightening and entertaining guide to humorous language is chock-full of comical spoonerisms, palindromes, droll malapropisms, tongue-twisters, witty anagrams, and more.

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Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - In a witty and engaging style that incorporates everything from sting to cell phones to Bill Gates, Fearn demystifies the ways of thought that have shaped and inspired humanity—among many others, and, Rousseau’s social contract, the Socratic method, Descartes’s use of doubt, of course, Bentham’s theory of utilitarianism, the concept of common sense.

Written in twenty-five short chapters, each readable during the journey to work, Zeno and the Tortoise is the ideal course in intellectual self-defense. From the author of the latest answers to the Oldest Questions, a philosophical guide that’s “great for sounding cleverer than you really are” Men’s Health.

A large, crafty bag of brilliant tools .  .  . An academic arsenal of philosophical weapons that are keen for slicing and stabbing through the slippery profoundities of day-to-day decision-making and right into the middle of dinner-party conversations of which you would have otherwise been left out. Philosophy Now.

Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher #ad - For those who don’t know the difference between lucretius’s spear and Hume’s fork, Zeno and the Tortoise explains not just who each philosopher was and what he thought, but exactly how he came to think in the way he did. Acute, often irreverent, but always authoritative, this is a unique introduction to the ideas that have shaped us all.

Along the way, there are fascinating biographical snippets about the philosophers themselves: the story of Thales falling down a well while studying the stars, and of Socrates being told by a face-reader that his was the face of a monster who was capable of any crime.

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A Literary Bible: An Original Translation

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Counterpoint #ad - In a literary bible, rosenberg presents for the first time a synthesis of the literary aspects of the Hebrew Bible—restoring a sense of the original authors and providing a literary revelation for the contemporary reader. Until today, translators have presented a homogeneous Bible in uniform style—even as the various books within it were written by different authors, in diverse genres and periods, stretching over many centuries.

Rosenberg himself brings a finely tuned ear to the original text. Whether rendering the bible as wondrous or as strangely familiar, David Rosenberg’s “brilliant” and “truly fresh” translation forces us to ask again—and at last in literary terms—why the Bible remains a crucial foundation of our culture Booklist.

A Literary Bible: An Original Translation #ad - Now, rosenbergs artful translation restores what has been left aside: the essence of imaginative creation in the Bible. A stunning new translation—“the best in a century, without a doubt”—of the Hebrew Bible that restores the creativity and poetry of the original text New Republic. His penetrating scholarship allows the reader to encounter inspired biblical prose and verse, and to experience each book as if it were written for our time.

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Practical Intelligence: How to Think Critically, Deconstruct Situations, Analyze Deeply, and Never Be Fooled Clear Thinking and Fast Action Book 4

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Upgrade Your Intellectual Toolkit. 3. Relentless focus: 27 small tweaks to beat Procrastination, Skyrocket Productivity, Outsmart Distractions, & Do More in Less Time6. Practical intelligence: how to Think Critically, Deconstruct Situations, Analyze Deeply, and Never Be Fooled5. At first glance, most things seem fine.

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Never get fooled again and find the truth in situations quickly. 10-minute philosophy: from buddhism to stoicism, Confucius and Aristotle - Bite-Sized Wisdom From Some of History’s Greatest Thinkers4. Radically transform your thinking for both speed AND accuracy.

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Encyclopedia of Superstitions

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Philosophical Library/Open Road #ad - Encyclopedia of Superstitions #ad -  . You’ll discover the origins behind charms, fairy lore and legend, folk remedies and customs of birth, marriage, spells, and death. This classic and thoroughly delightful reference explores the origins of superstitions. This collection will be a staple in your library for years and generations to come.

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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms: American English Idiomatic Expressions & Phrases

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - With extensive revisions that reflect new historical scholarship and changes in the English language, 000 idiomatic expressions in greater detail than any other dictionary available today—a remarkable reference for those studying the English language, this second edition defines over 10, or anyone who enjoys learning its many wonderful quirks and expressions.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms: American English Idiomatic Expressions & Phrases #ad - Invaluable as a teaching tool. School Library Journal. From “all systems go” to “senior moment”—a comprehensive reference to idiomatic English. The american heritage® dictionary of idioms explores the meanings and origins of idioms that may not make literal sense but play an important role in the language—including phrasal verbs such as kick back, interjections such as tough beans, proverbs such as too many cooks spoil the broth, and figures of speech such as elephant in the room.

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100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles

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Reference #ad - Efficacious. 100 words almost everyone mixes up or Mangles gives readers the chance to improve their command of words that are often heard but just as often misused. Each word has a definition and a pronunciation, and most have etymologies explaining the word’s origin. Do you know your delegate from your relegate, your cachet from your cache?   At one time or another we’ve all suffered the embarrassment of having our remarks corrected by a family member, colleague, or stranger.

The mix-ups themselves are described in fun-to-read notes that provide clear solutions to help readers avoid making needless, uncomfortable gaffes. These words include near-synonyms—words with subtle but important distinctions in meaning—like baleful vs. The book also addresses some classic spelling blunders and “nonwords, injust, ” like beyond the pail, full reign, and inobstrusive.

100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles #ad - Wave say hello. Pore read closely, and waive forgo vs. Baneful, and effectual vs. 100 words almost everyone mixes up or mangles presents fifty pairs of words that people have trouble getting right and keeping straight—words that tend to get corrected when we’re least expecting it. Other pairings bring together notorious sound-alikes, like faze bother vs.

. Phase stage, pour put in fluid vs.

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The CIA's Greatest Hits

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Soft Skull Press #ad - The cia’s crimes continue unabated, and unpunished. The cia’s greatest hits details how the cia:   • hired top nazi war criminals, massacres, and rigged elections all over the world • tortures children as young as 13 and adults as old as 89, drug trafficking, resulting in forced “confessions to all sorts of imaginary crimes an innocent Kuwaiti was tortured for months to make him keep repeating his initial lies, death squads, and a supposed al-Qaeda leader was waterboarded 187 times in a single month without producing a speck of useful information • orchestrates the media—which one CIA deputy director liked to call “the mighty Wurlitzer—and places its agents inside newspapers, wars, bombings, shielded them from justice and learned—and used—their techniques • has been involved in assassinations, magazines and book publishers • and much more.

The CIA's Greatest Hits #ad - A revised and updated edition of the explosive book that blows the lid off the Central Intelligence Agency. The day before general david petraeus took over as the twentieth CIA director, federal prosecutors announced that they were dropping 99 investigations into the deaths of people in CIA custody, leaving just two active cases they’re willing to pursue.

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