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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Words in Dictionaries and History
Subtitle: Essays in honour of R.W. McConchie
Edited By: Olga Timofeeva
Tanja Säily
Series Title: Terminology and Lexicography Research and Practice 14

Bringing together fifteen articles by scholars in Europe and North
America, this collection aims to represent and advance studies in
historical lexis. It highlights the significance of the understanding of
dictionary-making and language-making as important socio-cultural
phenomena. With its general focus on England and English, the book
investigates the reception and development of historical and modern
English vocabulary and culture in different periods, social and
professional strata, geographical varieties of English, and other
national cultures. The volume is based on individual
(meta)lexicographical, etymological, lexicosemantic and corpus
studies, representing two large areas of research: the first part
focuses on the history of dictionaries, analysing them in diachrony
from the first professional dictionaries of the Baroque period via
Enlightenment and Romanticism to exploring the possibilities of the
new online lexicographical publications; and the second part looks at
the interfaces between etymology, semantic development and word-
formation on the one hand, and changes in society and culture on the

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027286901
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
Europe EURO 99.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027223388
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 99.00
Europe EURO 104.94