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Another Word A Day: An All-New Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Oktober 2005

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This is a smorgasbord of surprising, obscure, and exotic words. In this delightful encore to the national bestseller "A Word A Day", Anu Garg, the founder of the wildly popular A Word A Day Web site, presents an all-new collection of unusual, intriguing words and real-life anecdotes that will thrill writers, scholars, and word buffs everywhere. "Another Word A Day" celebrates the English language in all its quirkiness, grandeur, and fun, and features new chapters ranging from 'Words Formed Erroneously' and 'Red-Herring Words' to 'Kangaroo Words', 'Discover the Theme', and 'What Does That Company Name Mean?'.In them, you'll find a treasure trove of curious and compelling words, including agelast, dragoman, mittimus, nyctalopia, quacksalver, scission, tattersall, and zugzwang. Each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example, interspersed with illuminating quotations. "Anu Garg's many readers await their "A Word A Day" rations hungrily. Now at last here's a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up!" - Barbara Wallraff, Senior Editor at "The Atlantic Monthly" and author of "Word Court".

"AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories." - John Simpson, Chief Editor, "Oxford English Dictionary".

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In 1994, then-graduate student Anu Garg created A Word A Day (AWAD), a Web site and free e-mail service that delivers a new word every day, complete with definition, etymology, sample usage, and commentary. Each week features a different theme—from "Greek Mythology" to "Words from Film"—and at the end of the week, Garg sends out a newsletter with enthusiastic feedback from the more than half-million AWAD subscribers around the world.

Inspired by his wildly popular Web site, Garg's first book, A Word A Day, became a national bestseller. Now, he presents a fitting encore: Another Word A Day is the second in a series of books in celebration of the English language, featuring words of all kinds—unusual, unfamiliar, intriguing, exotic—that are in use today. Garg offers fifty-two delightful chapters grouped by theme, ranging from "Words to Describe People," "Toponyms," and "Words Borrowed from Yiddish" to "False Friends," "Words That Aren't What They Appear to Be," and much more.

Inside you'll discover an all-new treasure trove of 260 curious and compelling words, including:

  • assoil (uh-SOIL): verb tr. 1. To pardon. 2. To atone for.
  • cumshaw (KUM-shaw): noun. A gift or a tip.
  • lanate (LAY-nayt): adjective. Having a woolly surface.
  • sennight (SEN-yt): noun. A week.
  • ugsome (UG-suhm): adjective. Dreadful, loathsome.
  • yegg (yeg): noun. A thug or a burglar, especially a safecracker.

Garg includes usage examples taken from current newspapers and magazines, as well as puzzles, quizzes, and real-life anecdotes interspersed throughout the entries for an extra dash of fun and fascination. For A Word A Day subscribers and word lovers everywhere, Another Word A Day is a beguiling tour through the English language that can't be found anywhere else. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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as a collector of words I am constantly amazed what a wonderful field this Hobby is. this book helped much
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Let's hear it for Anu Garg 8. August 2015
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I think it is one of the most delightful books I have ever owned, and my admiration for its author is extreme. To think this brilliant, multifaceted perso grew up with no formal education as a child is quite mind-blowing
4.0 von 5 Sternen shipped quickly and was a great price. 11. April 2017
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The used book was described accurately, shipped quickly and was a great price.
4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting read 16. Mai 2013
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This book is perfect for those "language buffs" who look for the unusual words, the original meaning and source of words. Of course, this book may not be to everyone's taste, but it will be a lot of fun for those inquisitive readers who want to learn more about our wonderful language.
5.0 von 5 Sternen lots of fun 13. April 2014
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i get the daily Anu Garg email with new words. As a writer it is fascinating to find words that are so rare and to learn their etymology.
For the word addicted, this is it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's okay 29. September 2013
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it's okay as a book, but really this would be more interesting as a phone app. It's too sparce to be a good reference book to keep.
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