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The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate

Martin Puchner · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Tracking an underground language and the outcasts who depended on it for their survival.Centuries ago in middle Europe, a coded language appeared, scrawled in graffiti and spoken only by people who were "wiz" (in the know) . This hybrid language, dubbed Rotwelsch, facilitated...
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

Simon Horobin · Oxford University Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Where do our everyday words come from? The bagel you eat for breakfast, the bumf you have to wade through at the office, and the bus that takes you home again: we use these words without thinking about their origins or how their meanings have changed over time. Simon Horobin takes the reader...
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The Penguin Portuguese Phrasebook

Jill Norman · Penguin Books
Pages: 330
Format: Paperback

An indispensable, fully up-to-date phrasebook for travellers to both Portugal and Brazil, in a pocket-size format and beautiful cover design This newly revised and updated Portuguese Phrase Book contains a wealth of useful words and phrases for travellers in both Portugal and Brazil, with...
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Who We're Reading When We're Reading Murakami

David Karashima · Soft Skull Press
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback

Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami's works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner...
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25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way

Geraldine Woods · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A guide to the artistry that lifts a sentence from good to great.We all know the basic structure of a sentence: a subject/verb pair expressing a complete thought and ending with proper punctuation. But that classroom definition doesn't begin to describe the ways in which these elements...
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