Books from 2020

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September 11, 2020

Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

​This book debunks nine common myths. It's sure to be a fascinating linguistic and historical journey for word nerds.​

August 28, 2020

The Whole World in a Book

The Whole World in a Book explores a period in which globalization, industrialization, and social mobility were changing language in unimaginable ways.

August 14, 2020

What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

Dennis Baron reveals the untold story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular-they.

July 24, 2020

Murder Your Darlings

From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books - from Aristotle to Strunk & White.

July 10, 2020

Grammarlocks and the Three Theiyr'res: A Gram'mar Mountain Twisted Tale

​This twist on a classic fairy tale is meant to help kids learn the basics of grammar.

June 26, 2020

Good Grammar is the Life of the Party

Grammar aficionados and beginners alike will love this fresh, friendly approach to tackling American English grammar and punctuation rules.

June 12, 2020

Oxford Guide to Plain English, Fifth Edition

The newest edition of this reference guide has been updated and reorganized for easier navigation.

May 22, 2020

The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight Over the English Language

After the Revolutionary War came another conflict in the United States — a battle over whether and how much American English should differ from British English.

May 8, 2020

The Little Book of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, and 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting

Did you know that English once had a verb meaning "to pretend to work while actually doing nothing"? And one meaning "to put off until the day after tomorrow"?

April 10, 2020

That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means: The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words and Their Tangled Histories

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."