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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: Secret Language
Subtitle: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols
Written By: Barry J. Blake

Please Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text

This book is about language designed to mean what it does not seem to mean.
Codes protect secrets. Symbol and magic hide meanings to imperil or delight.
Languages made to confuse let insiders talk openly without being understood by
others. Barry Blake looks in depth at these and many more and illuminates the
most arcane and curious uses of language.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
History of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199691622
ISBN-13: 9780199691623
Pages: 288
Prices: U.K. £ 8.99