The F-Word [EPUB]
12 November 2014, 09:15
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.3/0.5MB
We all know what frak, popularized by television's cult hit Battlestar Galactica, really means. But what about feck? Or ferkin? Or foul--as in FUBAR, or "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition"?
In a thoroughly updated edition of The F-Word, Jesse Sheidlower offers a rich, revealing look at the f-bomb and its illimitable uses. Since the fifteenth century, no other word has been adapted, interpreted, euphemized, censored, and shouted with as much ardor or force; imagine Dick Cheney telling Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy to "go damn himself" on the Senate floor--it doesn't have quite the same impact as what was really said. Sheidlower cites this and other notorious examples throughout history, from the satiric sixteenth-century poetry of James Cranstoun to the bawdy parodies of Lord Rochester in the seventeenth century, to more recent uses by Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Ann Sexton, Norman Mailer, Liz Phair, Anthony Bourdain, Junot Diaz, Jenna Jameson, Amy Winehouse, Jon Stewart, and Bono (whose use of the word at the Grammys nearly got him fined by the FCC).
Collectively, these references and the more than one hundred new entries they illustrate double the size of The F-Word since its previous edition. Thousands of added quotations come from newly available electronic databases and the resources of the OED, expanding the range of quotations to cover British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, and South African uses in addition to American ones. Thus we learn why a fugly must hone his or her sense of humor, why Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau muttered "fuddle duddle" in the Commons, and why Fanny Adams is so sweet. A fascinating introductory essay explores the word's history, reputation, and changing popularity over time. and a new Foreword by comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black offers readers a smart and entertaining take on the book and its subject matter.
Oxford dictionaries have won renown for their expansive, historical approach to words and their etymologies. The F-Word offers all that and more in an entertaining and informative look at a word that, while now largely accepted as an integral part of the English language, still confounds, provokes, and scandalizes.
Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions [EPUB]
12 November 2014, 09:09
2010 | EPUB | 8.45MB
Learn Spanish through practice, practice, practice!
For a decade, this has been the go-to workbook for study and mastery of the tricky pronouns and prepositions of the Spanish language. Now entirely updated, this engaging workbook features contemporary examples, as well as free online audio recordings of all the answers.
Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions provides extensive exercises, giving you all the practice you need for mastery. Author Dorothy Richmond also has a uniquely clear way of explaining to you when and why a particular pronoun or preposition should be used, not just the correct forms. Richmond also combines clarity of content with a touch of humor, a healthy helping of celebrity references, and an awareness that you will be more interested in language learning that they can relate to their own lives and interests.
- New and updated example sentences and translation passages.
- Free companion website that provides audio recordings of all the answers in McGraw-Hill's unique "Study Player" format.
- Clear explanations and highly entertaining.
- More than 100 engaging exercises, enhanced by free-access online audio + text answers that allows you to improve your accent and confidence in speaking.
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases [EPUB]
10 November 2014, 11:44
2013 | EPUB | 1.24MB
An interest in the middle ages often brings the non-specialist reader up short against a word or term which is not understood or only imperfectly understood. This dictionary is intended to put an end to all that - though such a claim is inevitably rash. However, it has been designed in the hope that it will be of real help to non-academic readers, and in some cases maybe even to specialists.
The dictionary contains some 3,400 terms as headwords, ranging from the legal and ecclesiastic to the more prosaic words of daily life. Latin was the language of the church, law and government, and many Latin terms illustrated here are frequently found in modern books of history of the period; similarly, the precise meaning of Old English and Middle English terms may elude today's reader: this dictionary endeavours to provide clarity. In addition to definition, etymologies of many words are given, in the belief that knowing the origin and evolution of a word gives a better understanding. There are also examples of medieval terms and phrases still in use today, a further aid to clarifying meaning.