100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know
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100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know

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The latest addition to the popular series The 100 Words this book is sure to please anyone who enjoys the variety and richness of American English. From aesthetic to Zenith and chortle to lagniappe, these words have been specially chosen by the editors of the American Heritage ® Dictionaries for their unusual histories, interesting meanings, and appearance in literature.

Scores of quotations by classical and contemporary writers ranging from James Joyce and Harriet Beecher Stowe to Douglas Coupland and Donna Tartt illustrate the words in a literary context. Engaging notes explain how words enter the language and how meanings and usage develop over time. This guide is the perfect gift for people who love language and literature and all who take pride in a vibrant, active vocabulary. Paperback, 82 pages.

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Title: 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)
Weight: 4 ounces
ISBN: 0618551468
ISBN-13: 9780618551460
Series: 100 Words
Stock No: WW551460

Publisher's Description

The newest title in the popular 100 Words series, 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know is the perfect book for people who enjoy reading about words that have absorbing histories, intriguing coinages, surprising but useful meanings, or have been used by famous writers throughout the history of English.

Many of these 100 words are accompanied by notes that explain in detail the path the word has undertaken in its journey to its current meaning, providing useful etymological information about how the usage of a word develops over time. Additionally, 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know features scores of quotations from classical and contemporary authors, from Henry James and Jane Austen to Sylvia Plath and William Golding, Douglas Coupland and Donna Tartt.

A great gift for anyone who appreciates the beauty, history, and depth of the English language, 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know will appeal to all who are avid readers and take pride in a vibrant, active vocabulary.

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The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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