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Noah Webster and His Words Book by ,

Noah Webster and His Words Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2012-10-23
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN Code: 0547935412

Summary: Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction Webster’s American Dictionary is the second most popular book ever printed in English. But who was that Webster? Noah Webster (1758–1843) was a bookish Connecticut farm boy who became obsessed with uniting America through language. He spent twenty years writing two thousand pages to accomplish that, and the first 100 percent American dictionary was published in 1828 when he was seventy years old. This clever, hilariously illustrated account shines a light on early American history and the life of a man who could not rest until he’d achieved his dream. An illustrated chronology of Webster’s life makes this a picture perfect bi-og-ra-phy [noun: a written history of a person's life].

Sandbows and Black Lights Book by Stephen R. Wilk

Sandbows and Black Lights Book
  • Author : Stephen R. Wilk
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-02-23
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 0197518605

Summary: Why are candle flames yellow? Why does ultraviolet light supposedly kill vampires? What about the monocle? Why was the monocle--a corrective lens that only corrects vision in a single eye--so popular among businessmen and politicians for so many years? Stephen R. Wilk answers all this and so much more in Sandbows and Black Lights. This book is a collection of original essays on weird and unusual topics surrounding optics. Wilk uses the BBC's formula of "Education by Stealth" to explain unusual facets of science and technology through the matrix of interesting and cultural paths, all the while weaving in math equations in an accessible way. The first part of the book focuses on the history, the second moves to odd scientific approaches to visual phenomena, and the third part explains the unique use of optics in fiction, movies, and comic books over time. Chapters cover everything from endless corridors to the beam of light over treasure chests in movies. Whether he is explaining a rare discovery or answering a seemingly unapproachable question, Wilk is able to lure readers in on every page. He has a unique ability to turn complex science into an engaging story, and this book is full of narratives on esoteric topics anyone will find intriguing. Sandbows and Black Lights provides an enticing and entertaining look at physical illusions in a whole new way.

Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder Book by Mary W. Cornog

Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder Book
  • Author : Mary W. Cornog
  • Publisher : Merriam-Webster
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 558
  • ISBN Code: 9780877799108

Summary: The ideal book for people who want to increase their word power. Thorough coverage of 1,200 words and 240 roots while introducing 2,300 words. The Vocabulary Builder is organized by Greek and Latin roots for effective study with nearly 250 new words and roots. Includes quizzes after each root discussion to test progress. A great study aid for students preparing to take standardized tests.

Noah Webster Book by Catherine Reef

Noah Webster Book
  • Author : Catherine Reef
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2015-08-25
  • Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN Code: 0544133447

Summary: An “excellent” biography of the man behind Webster’s Dictionary and the role he played in American history (School Library Journal, starred review). Noah Webster may be best remembered for the enormous and ambitious task of writing his famous dictionary, but there was much more to his accomplishments. His goal was to streamline the language spoken in a newly formed country so it could be used as a force to bring people together and a source of national pride. Though people laughed at his ideas, Webster never doubted himself. In the end, his so-called foolish notions achieved just what he had hoped. Here, in the only biography of Noah Webster written for teen readers, we journey through Webster’s remarkable life, from boyhood on a Connecticut farm, through the fight for American independence to his days as a writer and political activist who greatly influenced our founding fathers and the direction of the young United States. “Capably weaves Webster’s biography into the history of America’s early years.” —Booklist “Impeccably researched . . . Provides readers with a glimpse at historical figures such as Thomas Paine, George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Word by Word Book by Kory Stamper

Word by Word Book
  • Author : Kory Stamper
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 1101870958

Summary: “We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don’t want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned electrical sockets.” With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage. Filled with fun facts—for example, the first documented usage of “OMG” was in a letter to Winston Churchill—and Stamper’s own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America’s foremost “irregardless” apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.