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British English for American Readers
David Grote
0313278512
Aug 1992
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
For Americans facing British culture in books, on TV, or in other media, this dictionary really fills a void. What is bubble and squeak ? How do you roger ? Who is a yob ? Can these words be used in polite society? Most of us know about "reading" law at university, but what does a student achieve with A-levels and O-levels? Who says any road instead of anyway ? Where are the Home Counties? This dictionary answers questions like these and more that our American dictionaries of the English language don't. It's also great fun to read for no reason at all. Recommended for most collections.- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
“A work will serve students of British literature, television, and film well and...


The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060839783
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language
Katherine M. Briggs
0415066964
Sept 1991
Paperback
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New Society, April 1970
"It is high time these collections were compounded;...the result...is spell-binding."

Book Description
First published in 1970 to a chorus of critical acclaim, A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language is now regarded as a classic in folklore scholarship. Arranged in two parts, the dictionary presents folk narratives--tales told purely for entertainment--as well as folk legends--tales believed by the tellers to be records of actual events.
Each part of A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language contains a biography, a source, a tale-type or classified index, and an index of story titles, which make it the ideal reference for folklorists, as well as historians.

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Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060836261
October 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060175966
September 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



British English A to Zed
Norman W. Schur
081604239X
May 2001
Paperback
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From Booklist
In an effort to unravel the differences between British and American English, Schur published his first guide, entitled British Self-Taught: With Comments in American, in 1973. When a revised edition appeared in 1980, the title was changed to English English, and the 1987 revision was published as British English A to Zed. This latest edition has been revised by Ehrlich, coeditor of the Oxford American Dictionary.The approximately 5,000 Briticisms covered in this dictionary include words and phrases that Americans generally do not use at all (for example, dabs, meaning fingerprints) as well as terms used in both the U.S and Britain but that have different meanings (such as bomb, which in Britain means a smash hit, but in America indicates just the opposite). Entries indicate the American equivalent for each Briticism and...


Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary
Henry Hitchings
0374113025
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
For the 250th anniversary of Dr. Samuel Johnson's most famous achievement, Hitchings's charming philology-as-biography shows Johnson to be no mere compiler of words but, as he himself put it, "a writer of dictionaries." Authoritative dictionaries for French and Italian were compiled by official academies, but English's first proper dictionary fell to a university dropout and failed provincial schoolmaster turned Grub Street hack—long before he became the Great Cham. The work began as a purely commercial venture at the suggestion of a bookseller-publisher, Johnson labored under less than ideal conditions, assisted only by a group of eclectic and eccentric amanuenses, and burdened by his wife's declining health and his own melancholia. In the end, his four-volume, 20-pound opus defined more than 42,773 common...


Spanish-English English-Spanish Dictionary with Blue Headwords
Langenscheidt Editorial Staff (Editor)
0760748470
August 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Companion to Narnia: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
Paul F. Ford
0060791276
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
For readers of all ages, a revised and updated guide to the magic of The Chronicles of Narnia.




From the Back Cover
This peerless guide has served as an adventurer’s passport to the land of Narnia for twenty-five years. From Aslan, the Great Lion, to Zardeenah, the mysterious lady of the night, this comprehensive and accessible companion contains hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries covering all the characters, events, places, and themes that Lewis magically wove into his timeless and magical world.

We are giving this comprehensive handbook a facelift just in time to be the perfect companion to the Narnia movie coming out in Christmas 2005. We are updating all the references, adding a new foreword in addition to Madeleine L’Engle’s...


HarperCollins French Concise Dictionary
HarperCollins
006057576X
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

Practical, user-friendly, comprehensive The HarperCollins French Concise Dictionary, 3rd Edition offers up-to-date coverage of contemporary French -- from reality TV to text message, internaute to malbouffe Special entries throughout highlight aspects of French life and culture Exclusive keyword feature provides additional help with translating the most essential vocabulary

Extra help with grammar: Step-by-step guide to French grammar includes hundreds of examples Extensive examples are given for grammatical constructions and idiomatic usage

Language Notes
Text: English, French --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Sharpe Companion: A Historical and Military Guide to Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe Novels 1777-1808: The Early Years (Richard Sharpe Series)
Mark Adkin
0060738146
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Named "the direct heir to Patrick O'Brian" by The Economist, Bernard Cornwell is the undisputed master of historical battle fi ction, and for more than twenty years, his Richard Sharpe series has thrilled millions of readers worldwide on both the page and on television.

Now author Mark Adkin, a major in the British army, has created this indispensable guide covering Sharpe's early career, from his beginnings as an illiterate private fighting on the battlefields of India to his legendary command of the Light Company.

A treasure not only for fans of the series but also for anyone interested in nineteenth-century warfare, The Sharpe Companion includes: A chapter devoted to each Sharpe book Glossary of characters, both real and fictional Illustrations and photographs Maps of every battle and...



A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian
Dean King
0805066152
October 2000
Paperback
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Review
"To any disoriented lubber who needs to take a quick bearing on Aubrey's world of staysails and sternposts, it will be a useful compass."--The Economist

"Dean King's lexicon will charm cultists."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"An outstandingly useful passkey to the wooden world of Britain's Royal Navy in the great age of sail."--Sea History

"A gem of a book."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

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