The Word Detective

A Life in Words: from Shenanigan to Selfie

Author: John Simpson

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 9780349141008

Category: English language

Page: 384

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Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries are definitive, and the notion that language is falling apart. With a sense of humour, an ability to laugh at bureaucracy and an inclination to question the status quo, John Simpson gives life to the colourful characters at the OED and to the English language itself. He splices his stories with entertaining and erudite diversions into the history and origin of words such as 'kangaroo', 'hot-dog' , 'pommie', 'bicycle' , not ignoring those swearwords often classed as 'Anglo-Saxon' ! The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.
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The Word Detective

A Life in Words from Shenanigan to Selfie

Author: John Simpson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781408706602

Category:

Page: 240

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Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries are definitive, and the notion that language is falling apart. With a sense of humour, an ability to laugh at bureaucracy and an inclination to question the status quo, John Simpson gives life to the colourful characters at the OED and to the English language itself. He splices his stories with entertaining and erudite diversions into the history and origin of words such as 'kangaroo', 'hot-dog' , 'pommie', 'bicycle' , not ignoring those swearwords often classed as 'Anglo-Saxon' ! The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.
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Voice: Onstage and Off

Author: Robert Barton,Rocco dal Vera

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317421078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 418

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Voice: Onstage and Off is a comprehensive guide to the process of building, mastering, and fine-tuning the voice for performance. Every aspect of vocal work is covered, from the initial speech impulse and the creation of sound, right through to refining the final product in different types of performance. This highly adaptable course of study empowers performers of all levels to combine and evolve their onstage and offstage voices.
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Cinematic Terror

A Global History of Terrorism on Film

Author: Tony Shaw

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 144115809X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Cinematic Terror takes a uniquely long view of filmmakers' depiction of terrorism, examining how cinema has been a site of intense conflict between paramilitaries, state authorities and censors for well over a century. In the process, it takes us on a journey from the first Age of Terror that helped trigger World War One to the Global War on Terror that divides countries and families today. Tony Shaw looks beyond Hollywood to pinpoint important trends in the ways that film industries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have defined terrorism down the decades. Drawing on a vast array of studio archives, government documentation, personal interviews and box office records, Shaw examines the mechanics of cinematic terrorism and challenges assumptions about the links between political violence and propaganda.
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Words, Words, Words

Author: David Crystal

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199210772

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Words, Words, Words is all about the wonder of words. Drawing on a lifetime's experience, David Crystal explores language in all its rich varieties through words: the very building blocks of our communication. Language has no life of its own: it only exists in the mouths and ears, hands, eyes and brains of its users. As we are guided expertly and passionately through the mysteries and delights of word origins, histories, spellings, regional and social variations, taboo words, jargon,and wordplay, the contribution we all play in shaping the linguistic world around us becomes evident. Words, Words, Words is a celebration of what we say and how we say it. It invites us to engage linguistically with who we are: to understand what words tell us about where we come from and what we do. And as they continually shape our lives, it suggests ways that we can look at words anew and get involved with collecting and coining words ourselves.
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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208956

Category: Reference

Page: 479

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More than five thousand quotations, that range in time from Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, are gathered in a comprehensive, updated resource that evokes a fascinating picture of the social, political, cultural, and scientific highlights of modern times.
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The Health Care Policy Process

Author: Carol Barker

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803976283

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.
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Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nordic Noir on Page and Screen

Author: Steven Peacock

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230390439

Category: Fiction

Page: 172

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Uniquely placed to explore the worldwide phenomenon of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy from a number of critical perspectives, this collection offers the first full-length study of Larsson's work in both its written and filmed forms. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is now a globally successful Swedish film, re-made by Hollywood in 2011 with Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative reporter. The book's combination of critical and interdisciplinary approaches allows the trilogy to open up in new ways, which will appeal to all those interested in the Millennium books and films, as well as students of Film and Television Studies, Media Studies, Journalism, and Criminology.
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