A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English


Anu Garg - 2002
    Now at last here's a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up!-Barbara WallraffSenior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly and author of Word CourtPraise for A Word a Day"AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories. The people who use them have curious stories to tell too, and this collection incorporates some of the correspondence received by the editors at the AWAD site, from advice on how to outsmart your opponent in a duel (or even a truel) to a cluster of your favorite mondegreens."-John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary"A banquet of words! Feast and be nourished!"-Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of LanguageWritten by the founder of the wildly popular A Word A Day Web site (www.wordsmith.org), this collection of unusual, obscure, and exotic English words will delight writers, scholars, crossword puzzlers, and word buffs of every ilk. The words are grouped in intriguing categories that range from "Portmanteaux" to "Words That Make the Spell-Checker Ineffective." each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example-and many feature fascinating and hilarious commentaries by A Word A Day subscribers and the authors.

Insults Every Man Should Know


Nick Mamatas - 2011
    Hard-Hitting Insults for Every OccasionIncluding      •  Insulting Someone’s Intelligence      •  Insulting Someone’s Sexual Prowess      •  Insults for the Office      •  Insults on Game Day     •  Insults throughout History     •  Insults from around the WorldPlus insulting gestures, backhanded compliments, comebacks, all the things you should never say about someone's mama, and much more!

When Did Wild Poodles Roam the Earth? An Imponderables Book


David Feldman - 1992
    The author of Do Penguins Have Knees? and Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? responds to the thousands of inquiries he receives, providing answers to such questions as, ""Why is there no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones vitamins?"" Reprint.

The Space Willies / Six Worlds Yonder


Eric Frank Russell - 1958
    But it was also understood that when a really dangerous job had to be done, a scout-pilot was the man to do it.So for John Leeming, a couple of months of dodging death in a one-man ship, zipping in and out of the enemy Combine's rearguard, was just another one of those jobs. And there was no man in the Universe more surprised than Leeming when his heretofore indestructible ship just gave up the ghost smack in the middle of a Combine-held prison planet!It was then that the spirit of the Scout Corps had its chance to shine. With self-confidence as his only weapon, Leeming had only two choices: give in to the enemy and be captured...or quick-talk them into a real case of THE SPACE WILLIE!

The Klutz Book of Inventions


Klutz - 2010
    Created by the same brains that brought you The Encyclopedia of Immaturity, it Have fun

Grammar in Use Intermediate with Answers: Self-study Reference and Practice for Students of English


Raymond Murphy - 2000
    The new edition includes an Audio CD and nine units of new material. Two entirely new sections have also been added: Additional Exercises, which give students the opportunity to consolidate what they have learned; and the Study Guide, which helps students figure out which units they need to study. An answer key is included in the back of the book. An edition without answers is also available.

A Difficult Conversation: How to Talk to Trump Supporters


Shea Serrano - 2020
    It is essential reading.

Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: The Unusual Book of Euphemisms


Linda Berdoll - 2003
    A humorous look at euphemisms including pertinent quotes and limericks

Fake Science 101: A Less-Than-Factual Guide to Our Amazing World


Phil Edwards - 2012
    "Fake Science 101" is here to tackle those questions that are too tough to really answer. Like why is the sky blue? Where did the dinosaurs go? And what's with Einstein's hair?If you love Fake Science on the World Wide Web, you will love it even more on paper.* This cutting-edge volume shares the freshest discoveries to date made by the Fake Science lab--and completely ignores the sneers from the scientific community over its lack of research. "Fake Science 101" is your go-to textbook for when the facts are just too confusing.*Unless you are a tree.

Ambassador of Progress


Walter Jon Williams - 1984
    Fiona is charged with helping the inhabitants of Echidne rise from barbarism.But soon she finds herself in the middle of a war... the Brodaini, the world’s most ferocious warriors, have risen in revolt against their overlords. Fiona is a neutral. But Echidne is proving a perilous place for neutrals...

The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition: Comebacks, Taunts, and Effronteries


Lawrence Dorfman - 2010
    That means that I don’t have to be nice anymore.” So, if you love a good insult, or find yourself the snarkiest wit in the room, then his book is for you. Don’t Worry! Be Snarky!Here Dorfman is in delicious form, dishing it out without any real consequences. Readers will find material to actually use in day-to-day life, including:Streamlined instructions on when and how to mock your peersHow to use retorts with your spouse and childrenHow our late, great ancestors used insults throughout history.And much more!This is not a mere collection of quotations. Dorfman speaks directly to his audience, serving as teacher, ringleader, and historian. After all, not all insults are snarky, and not all snark is insulting. It takes a certain genius to define and navigate the fine line between idiotic commentary and intelligent snark, a genius that has been isolated and packaged with aplomb in the Snark Handbook: Insult Edition.

TOEFL iBT: The Official ETS Study Guide (McGraw-Hill's TOEFL iBT)


Educational Testing Service - 2005
    Edited by ETS, the people who make the test! Find out all about the new TOEFL Internet-based test; Get over 500 real TOEFL questiond and essay topics

National Geographic Kids Just Joking: 300 Hilarious Jokes, Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Ridiculous Riddles


Robin Terry Brown - 2012
    Q: What goes zzub zzub? A: A bee flying backwards. Q: Why did the baby cookie cry? A: Because it was a wafer so long.   Packed with the silly jokes that kids love, including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, traditional question and answer jokes, and more, Just Joking will be presented in National Geographic Kids' colorful, photo-driven style. Laughing animals, funny people, and other colorful photos are paired with each joke, adding an extra laugh on each page. National Geographic Kids' signature square trim size and candy-colored palette make this fun-filled book perfect for tossing into a backpack to share with friends at school or camp.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Oxford Word Skills Intermediate


Ruth Gairns - 2008
    Short, clear presentations and lots of opportunity for practice give students the confidence to use new vocabulary. 80 units at each level mean they cover a huge range of topics and everyday situations. Extra practice and interactive activities on CD-ROM.

Vocabulary for IELTS


Pauline Cullen - 2008
    It is informed by the Cambridge International Corpus and the Cambridge Learner Corpus to ensure that the vocabulary is presented in genuine contexts and includes real learner errors. Also available is Cambridge Vocabulary for Advanced (Band 6.5 or above).