Think like a chess grandmaster . . . in just a year! Andrew Soltis has selected 365 short games to analyze, step by step, and arranged them as daily lessons for players who can't devote hours to study. Each one features test-yourself quizzes and diagrams for visual learners, while challenging tactics appear several times so you can learn how to use them to full advantage.
Four of the funniest recent episodes from the topical comedy show, presented by Miles Jupp2017 marked the 40th anniversary of The News Quiz, `the finest topical comedy panel game known to radio' and a guaranteed provider of headlines, punchlines and sparkling satirical wit.
This edition of the Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary is fully updated with thousands of new words, updated cultural notes, and sample utility bills, bank statements, and rent agreements, for anyone who needs help with daily life in France. It is ideal for students at advanced level and beyond, and is especially useful for the language student abroad, or the second home owner.
4,000 words and phrases are organized thematically within 163 topics. Realistic illustrations and exercises are designed to build vocabulary and critical thinking skills. 13 bilingual editions available.
From nature to cultural appropriation, and from black to terror, the most important words in political and cultural debate have complicated and complex histories. Keywords for Today takes us deep into the history of these and other important words in the English language, helping us to better understand our contemporary world.
This brand-new edition of the Oxford Paperback Dictionary & Thesaurus is a great value product, combining a dictionary and thesaurus integrated in one volume, making it an ideal reference tool for all your language needs.
The creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary was an extraordinary endeavour, lasting over 70 years. In The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester recounted one fascinating episode; in The Meaning of Everything, he tells the whole story of the host of characters who carried out 'the greatest enterprise of its kind in history'.
The printed board game reached new heights of beauty and ingenuity during the nineteenth century. The century began with a golden age for upmarket board games, finely engraved and often with glowing hand-colour.
A collection of 200 previously unpublished Fiendish Su Doku puzzles. Perfect for the expert solver in need of a constant supply of ultra-difficult puzzles. Guaranteed to provide hours of absorbing, brain-stretching entertainment.
Never be stuck for words with our extensive dictionary. Our phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases. Chat with the locals and discover their culture, a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience. Get more from your trip with easy-to-find phrases for every travel situation.
Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? Why can't I tickle myself? Why can't we live forever? Children ask the most interesting and challenging questions. But how are we supposed to answer them? This book answers all these questions.
Suitable for anyone interested in learning Latin, this title helps you teach more Latin in half an hour than you would learn from years of being taught Latin at school. It includes a section on everyday Latin usage, which discusses all the Latin words and idioms we still use today, such as 'quid pro quo' and 'sui generis'.
From the first words of an infant to the peculiar modern dialect of text messaging, this book reveals language's myriad intricacies and quirks. It sheds light on the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents, and the search for the first written word.
Features a selection of 1,342 facts such as: trees sleep at night; Google searches for 'How to put on a condom' peak at 10.28pm; there is no word for time in any Aboriginal language; Scotland has 421 words for snow; Emoji is the fastest growing language in history; and, astronauts wear belts to stop their trousers falling up.
A reference work for those looking for help in order to write a letter, prepare a speech, solve a crossword, or write any manner of prose or poem. It includes various buzzwords and phrases, information about signs of the zodiac and the origins of familiar quotations.
Comprehensive coverage of current English in a compact paperback edition with colour design, together with a special section, specifically tailored to the needs of students, offering advice on essays and dissertations, research, and note-taking, and help with basic English grammar.
A comprehensive guide featuring the rules to 50+ card games with simple, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Includes Whist, Rummy, Pontoon and Chase the Ace. Also defines card-playing terminology, such as the names of the suits and words like 'hand', 'deal', 'discard' and 'stock'.
"For thousands of years, mankind has searched for enlightenment and inner peace. This small book unlocks the door on the wisdom of the ages, from 12th century B.C. Egyptian writer Amenemope and the Dal"
An essential point of reference for anyone wanting to widen their vocabulary, this dictionary offers more than 140,000 alternative and opposite words as well as thousands of real examples of usage from the Oxford English Corpus to help you find the word you need quickly and easily.
This invaluable resource contains rhymes for over 45,000 words presented in a clear and user-friendly layout. Features include a complete index, in-text notes, examples, creative writing tips, and a fascinating introduction giving a brief outline of the history of rhyming. A must-have for all writers.
Who invented the sandwich? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs? Which cat never changes its spots? This book gathers together 180 questions, both new and previously featured on the BBC TV programme's 'General Ignorance' round, and show why, when it comes to general knowledge, none of us knows anything at all.
Epitaphs are a unique artform. This book brings together over 250 epitaphs from cemeteries, churchyards, funerary monuments and historical records - spanning the centuries with the best and most intriguing examples of the final word.
This new edition of the Pocket Oxford Thesaurus features over 230,000 synonyms and antonyms, to help you with all your everyday writing needs. This edition has been fully updated and contains new usage notes to help you avoid pitfalls when writing, and extra noun lists in the centre section
Following the sensational success of 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off, this title returns with a fresh stack of facts to astonish and enlighten: it is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit; Wagner always wore pink silk underwear; and, Rugby School's first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie.
Features facts such as: Orchids can get jetlag; lizards can't walk and breathe at the same time; there are 177,147 ways to tie a tie; ladybird orgasms last for 30 minutes; traffic lights existed before cars; Sir Bruce Forsyth is four months older than sliced bread; and, the soil in your garden is 2 million years old.
"You know 'that look' women get when they want sex? Me neither." (Steve Martin). "You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair." (Chinese proverb). This title features crisp one-liners, jokes, droll asides and universal truths collected over the years by the creators of QI.
Drawing on the unique resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most lively and authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries.