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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: The Alphabet of Nature
Subtitle: Translated with an introduction by A.P. Coudert & T. Corse
Written By: F. M. van Helmont
Translated By: Allison P. Coudert
Taylor Corse
Series Title: Aries Book Series 3

F. M van Helmont’s Alphabet of Nature was one of many books published about
language in the early modern period. The "language debate," as it has come
to be called, was a topic of compelling interest to major figures such as
Reuchlin, Rabelais, Paracelsus, Agrippa, Postel, Boehme, Kircher, Hobbes,
Descartes, Comenius, Spinoza, Locke, Boyle, Newton, and Leibniz. At issue
were profound questions about whether language is natural or artificial,
ordained by God or created by man. The answers given entailed a web of
consequences that could lead to arrest, imprisonment, even execution. It is
therefore not surprising that van Helmont wrote his book while imprisoned
in the dungeons of the Roman Inquisition.

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ISBN: 900415230X
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Pages: 264
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