The Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition)

Author: David Grambs,Ellen S. Levine
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393351025
Category: Reference
Page: 608
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The unmatched guide—and perfect gift—for stymied scribes and working wordsmiths everywhere, now expanded and updated. A singular and indispensable reference tool, The Describer's Dictionary—now expanded and updated—has served for over twenty years as the go-to resource for writers who are determined to capture the world in just the right words. The dictionary uses a unique reverse definition-to-term format that makes it easy to zero in on the term you're seeking. Turn to the new section on sensory impressions, for example, to find vivid terms for "loud or jarring," such as "grating," "harsh," "piercing," "blaring," "thunderous," "cacophonous," and "raucous." And at the end of each section dozens of illustrative passages by notable fiction and nonfiction authors—including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux—bring the terminology to life. New in this edition: • Hundreds of additional definitions, terms, and synonyms • Brand-new categories, including "Physical States and Symptoms," "Temperament and Behavior," "Rooms and Interior Spaces," "Weather and Forces of Nature," and "The Solar System" • Over 400 new quotations from books, periodicals, and digital media by established and rising literary stars • An index of the more than 600 authors quoted in the book

The Describer's Dictionary

A Treasury of Terms and Literary Quotations
Author: David Grambs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393312652
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 416
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A dictionary of the observable world features definition-first organization; passages from the writings of James, Updike, and others; and words concerning shapes, textures, colors, terrain, and more


Author: Marc McCutcheon
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 0816079463
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 711
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Combining elements of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus, presents definitions for terms relating to specific subjects including the environment, the arts, clothing, religion, slang, furniture, and technology.

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition)

Author: Peter E. Meltzer
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393338975
Category: Reference
Page: 720
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With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words. This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s protrepic, apostrophize, iracund, or emulous—in context by using examples from a broad range of contemporary books, periodicals, and newspapers. His new introduction makes the case for why we should widen our vocabulary and use the one right word. This groundbreaking thesaurus remains a unique venture, one that enriches your writing while helping you find the perfect word.

Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary

Author: Barbara Kipfer
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
Category: Reference
Page: 693
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Provides terms for common phrases, concepts, and definitions, and includes related terms and synonyms.

The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms

Author: Peter Childs,Roger Fowler
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415340175
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 253
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Examines the significance and history of a wide range of terms and phrases related to the analysis of literature.

The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot

Author: David Grambs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393292517
Category: Reference
Page: 288
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"Like animals, plants and book reviewers, words can become extinct, but Grambs is here to salvage the most missed of the lexical dinosaurs."—Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle We often hear about the richness of the English language, how many more words it contains than French or German. And yet modern desk dictionaries are the result of a paring away of that glory, so that merely standard, functional, current words remain. The price we pay for such convenience is the thousands of delightful words we never see or hear. This book is an effort to save some of those words applicable to everyday life and countless word games from extinction. The resultant treasure trove of exotic verbal creatures is an indispensable resource for every lover of language. A selection: egrutten: having a face swollen from weeping numquid: an inquisitive person sardoodledum: drama that is contrived, stagy, or unrealistic mimp: to purse one's lips

The Well-Spoken Thesaurus

The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrases
Author: Tom Heehler
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402243057
Category: Reference
Page: 391
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If you've ever fumbled while trying to use a big word* (*lofty, pretentious word) to impress a crowd, you know what it's like to* (*what it is to) be poorly spoken. The fear of mispronouncing or misusing complex words is real and leaves many of us consigned to the lower levels* (*lower echelons) of the English Language. The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing the ordinary with the extraordinary.

The Synonym Finder

Author: J.I. Rodale
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 162336759X
Category: Reference
Page: 1368
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Originally published in 1961 by the founder of Rodale Press, The Synonym Finder continues to be a practical reference tool for every home and office. This thesaurus contains more than 1 million synonyms, arranged alphabetically, with separate subdivisions for the different parts of speech and meanings of the same word.

Random House Webster's word menu

Author: Stephen Glazier
Publisher: Random House Reference &
ISBN: 9780375700835
Category: Fiction
Page: 767
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Lists and defines words by over 700 subject areas, including nature, science and technology, domestic life, arts, language, and institutions

The Elements of Expression

Putting Thoughts Into Words
Author: Arthur Plotnik
Publisher: Cleis Press
ISBN: 1936740141
Category: Reference
Page: 240
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Presents a guide to writing and speaking expressively, offering advice on such topics as high energy verbs, figures of speech, syntax, word patterns, and vocabulary.

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
ISBN: 9780877793410
Category: Reference
Page: 940
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"The ideal guide to choosing the right word. Entries go beyond the word lists of a thesaurus, explaining important differences between synonyms. Provides over 17,000 usage examples. Lists antonyms and related words."

The Continental System

An Economic Interpretation
Author: Eli F. Heckscher
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1602060266
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 440
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Working amidst the global economic turmoil of World War I and the blockade of his neutral homeland, Swedish economist and historian ELI FILIP HECKSCHER (1879-1952) produced this provocative and widely influential analysis of European commercial conflict from the late 17th century through the early 19th century: . What was the impact of the British blockade of France in the 1790s? . How did the national debt and credit system of Britain affect its monetary warfare? . What part did the British colonies in America and later the new United States play in the European economic conflict? . What was done with confiscated goods? . How did smuggling and corruption in the early 1800s change the balance of power? This interpretation of the centuries-long economic clash between Britain, France, and their allies, first published 1922, remains an intriguing work of history today.


How Every Letter Tells a Story
Author: Michael Rosen
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 1619025167
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 448
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How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. 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 rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry.


A Vocabulary for a New Era
Author: Giacomo D'Alisa,Federico Demaria,Giorgos Kallis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134449771
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 220
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Degrowth is a rejection of the illusion of growth and a call to repoliticize the public debate colonized by the idiom of economism. It is a project advocating the democratically-led shrinking of production and consumption with the aim of achieving social justice and ecological sustainability. This overview of degrowth offers a comprehensive coverage of the main topics and major challenges of degrowth in a succinct, simple and accessible manner. In addition, it offers a set of keywords useful forintervening in current political debates and for bringing about concrete degrowth-inspired proposals at different levels - local, national and global. The result is the most comprehensive coverage of the topic of degrowth in English and serves as the definitive international reference. More information at: View the author spotlight featuring events and press related to degrowth at

First Steps in Egyptian

A Book for Beginners
Author: Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge
Publisher: N.A
Category: Egyptian language
Page: 321
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The Cancer Stage of Capitalism

Author: John McMurtry
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745313474
Category: Political Science
Page: 328
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In this bold look at the uncontrolled spread of global capitalism, John McMurtry, professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph, develops his analysis of modern capitalism as a cancer. Its invasive growth, he argues, threatens to break down our society's immune system and--if not soon restrained--could reverse all the progress that has been made toward social equity and stability.John McMurtry traces the causes of this global disorder back to the mutating assumptions of market theory that now govern the world's economy. He diagnoses the malaise as a pathologist would a biological cancer, tracking the delinked circuits of the global system's monetised growth as a carcinogenic disorder at the social level of life-organization. In the wide-lensed tradition of Adam Smith, Marx and Keynes, McMurtry cuts across academic disciplines and boundaries to penetrate the inner logic of the system's problems.Far from pessimistic, he argues that the way out of the global crisis is to be found in an evolving substructure of history which provides a common ground of resolution across ethnic and national divisions.

The Big Book of English Verbs with CD-ROM (set)

Author: Daniel Franklin,Terry Yokota,Mark Lester
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780071602884
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 624
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All the English verbs you need to know in one place! This comprehensive guide is your one-stop resource for learning English verbs. It includes 555 of the highest frequency verbs--unlike Barron’s 501, which excludes common verbs such as “answer” and “wash”--with conjugations and sample sentences. The Big Book of English Verbs also has a list of all complement types that are used by each verb, as well as all the common phrasal verb constructions that the verb can be used with in a sentence. The CD-ROM contains more than 200 interactive practice exercises, plus diagnostic and review tests to assess competency.

A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

Author: Michael Ferber
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 131678097X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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This is an expansion of the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than on 'universal' psychological archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that we frequently encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold) and gives thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. For this third edition, Michael Ferber has included some twenty completely new entries (such as birch, childbirth, grove, mill and railroad) and has added to many of the existing entries. Its rich references make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars but also for all students of literature.

The Elements of Eloquence

Author: Mark Forsyth
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781785781728
Page: 208
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMESNUMBER ONE BESTSELLERTHE ETYMOLOGICON Mark Forsyth presents the secret of writing unforgettable phrases, uncovering the techniques that have made immortal such lines as ‘To be or not to be’ and ‘Bond. James Bond.’ In his inimitably entertaining and witty style, he takes apart famous quotations and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde or John Lennon. Crammed with tricks to make the most humdrum sentiments seem poetic or wise, The Elements of Eloquencereveals how writers through the ages have turned humble words into literary gold – and how you can do the same. ‘An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric … Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.’ David Marsh, Guardian