The Play of Words: Fun & Games for Language Lovers
Do you know the connection between the expression A HARROWING EXPERIENCE and agriculture, between BY AND LARGE and sailing, between GET YOUR GOAT and horses, or between STEAL YOUR THUNDER and show business?
Words, Meaning and Vocabulary 1st Edition: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology
This textbook is a systematic and accessible introduction to the lexicology of modern English. Lexicology is the branch of linguistics that studies all aspects of the vocabulary of a particular language. The book provides an account of the sources of modern English words and studies the development of vocabulary over time.
A User's Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary has been provided to help you make full use of the Dictionary's many features. It is both a source of general information about the Dictionary and a key to the structure of specific entries. This Guide provides a detailed account of the conventions and organization of the Dictionary text. It gives an analysis of the components of a typical entry: pronunciation; part of speech, labels indicating, for example, the region in which a word arose or the discipine in which it is used; variates,; etymology; the definition itself; and the suportung quotations. There is a also a section on special types of entries, such as acronyms, abbreviations, and proper names.
Discovering and enjoying phantonyms, gramograms, anagrams and other fascinating word phenomena. Fans of Anguished English and Get Thee to a Punnery will revel in the pages of this rich collection of linguistic acrobatics like palindromes and other fun word combinations, by the authors of The Right Words.
Employs a lively question-and-answer format to illumine the origins of common words, the excesses of sports journalism, the most overused expressions, the advertising arsenal of adjectives, and other persnickety language matters.