The Secret Life of Words

Author: Henry Hitchings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429941570
Release Date: 2009-09-29
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to think about the origins of the words we use? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese? Try admiral, landscape, and marmalade, just for starters. The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English language and vocabulary, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past. Henry Hitchings delves into the insatiable, ever-changing English language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages—many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as shampoo from Hindi and kiosk from Turkish. From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as a living archive of our human experience. He uncovers the secrets behind everyday words and explores the surprising origins of our most commonplace expressions. The Secret Life of Words is a rich, lively celebration of the language and vocabulary that we too often take for granted.

The Secret Life of Pronouns

Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608194971
Release Date: 2011-08-23
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

We spend our lives communicating. In the last fifty years, we've zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel. In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of words we use-to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints. Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers-or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself-to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader's use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You'll learn why it's bad when politicians use "we" instead of "I," what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge's syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying-whether we mean them to or not.

Die Bienenh terin

Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 9783641024734
Release Date: 2009-03-11
Genre: Fiction

Lilys Mutter ist vor zehn Jahren umgekommen. Ihr Vater herrscht wie ein grausamer Rachegott über die inzwischen 14-jährige. Eines Tages flieht Lily aus der bedrückenden Atmosphäre ihres Elternhauses, wandert über die staubigen Straßen der Südstaaten, um ein neues Zuhause zu finden. Sie begegnet wunderbaren Menschen, rettet mit Mut und Klugheit ein Leben und findet bei drei Frauen Unterschlupf, die, wie im Märchen, in großer Eintracht zusammenwohnen. Die drei Schwestern geben dem Mädchen alles, was es braucht: Liebe, Halt, und Geborgenheit. Sie nehmen Lily in ihre Familie auf und weihen sie in die Geheimnisse weiblichen Wissens ein. Lily lernt alles über die Bienenzucht. Sie erfährt, wer ihre Mutter, die sie so schmerzlich vermisst, wirklich war, und sie verliebt sich. Doch eines Tages steht ihr Vater am Gartentor ...

The Secret Lives of Words

Author: Paul West
Publisher: Harvest Books
ISBN: 0156014092
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Reveals the history of language's building blocks and chronicles the etymologies of dozens of common words whose original meaning has been obscured through the passage of time.

Das geheime Leben der B ume

Author: Peter Wohlleben
Publisher: Ludwig
ISBN: 9783641114008
Release Date: 2015-05-25
Genre: Nature

Ein neuer Blick auf alte Freunde Erstaunliche Dinge geschehen im Wald: Bäume, die miteinander kommunizieren. Bäume, die ihren Nachwuchs, aber auch alte und kranke Nachbarn liebevoll umsorgen und pflegen. Bäume, die Empfindungen haben, Gefühle, ein Gedächtnis. Unglaublich? Aber wahr! – Der Förster Peter Wohlleben erzählt faszinierende Geschichten über die ungeahnten und höchst erstaunlichen Fähigkeiten der Bäume. Dazu zieht er die neuesten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse ebenso heran wie seine eigenen unmittelbaren Erfahrungen mit dem Wald und schafft so eine aufregend neue Begegnung für die Leser: Wir schließen Bekanntschaft mit einem Lebewesen, das uns vertraut schien, uns aber hier erstmals in seiner ganzen Lebendigkeit vor Augen tritt. Und wir betreten eine völlig neue Welt ...

Buttering Parsnips Twocking Chavs

Author: Martin H. Manser
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780297856863
Release Date: 2008-09-18
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A more-ishly browsable collection of words and phrases, linguistic quirks, lexical oddities and syntactic surprises. Our langauge is one of delight and curiosity. BUTTERING PARSNIPS, TWOCKING CHAVS is a guided tour of English, exploring the origins of words, their changing meaning, lexical peculiarities, word games and lost words, presented in lists, small passages of narrative text, amusing quotations and nuggets of amazing facts. This must-have compendium shows that words have a matchless power to entertain. Here you will find enough new words and phrases to last a lifetime. Idioms frolic beside cliches, catchphrases, proverbs, eponyms, acronyms, spoonerisms and split infinitives. Text messages cavort alongside business jargon and rap slang to produce a language that is both witty and bizarre, and sometimes frankly outstanding. So whether you're a yuppie or a woopie, a sinbad or dinky, a spod or even a wazzock, these pages will provide endless hours of delight and fascination.

Word by Word

Author: Kory Stamper
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9781101870952
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Genre: Reference

Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Have you ever tried to define the word “is”? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens. Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises—for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917. Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. Certain to be a delight for all lovers of words, Stamper’s debut will make you laugh as much as it makes you appreciate the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Author: James Thurber
Publisher: The Creative Company
ISBN: 1583415866
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A henpecked husband copes with the frustrations of his dull life by imagining he is a fearless airplane pilot, a brilliant doctor, and other dashing figures.

The Secret Life of Water

Author: Masaru Emoto
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451656862
Release Date: 2011-07-05
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

From its arrival on earth to the vast areas it traverses before emptying into the sea, water holds all the knowledge and experience it has acquired. As phenomenal as it may seem, water carries its whole history, just as we carry ours. It carries secrets, too. In The Secret Life of Water, bestselling author Masaru Emoto guides us along water’s remarkable journey through our planet and continues his work to reveal water’s secret life to humankind. He shows how we can apply its wisdom to our own lives, and how, by learning to respect and appreciate water, we can better confront the challenges that face the twenty-first century—and rejuvenate the planet.

The Magic

Author: Rhonda Byrne
Publisher: Knaur MensSana eBook
ISBN: 9783426417058
Release Date: 2012-07-04
Genre: Self-Help

Seit mehr als zweitausend Jahren hat man die Worte eines heiligen Textes missverstanden. Fast alle, die sie gelesen haben, haben sie verdreht und mit einem Geheimnis umgeben. Nur ganz wenige Menschen haben im Lauf der Zeit begriffen, dass diese Worte ein Rätsel sind – ein Rätsel, das von uns gelöst werden will. Wenn Sie einmal seinen Schleier gelüftet haben, wird Ihnen die ganze Welt neu erscheinen. In THE MAGIC enthüllt Rhonda Byrne dieses geheime Wissen der ganzen Welt, und es wird auch Ihr Leben verändern! Mehr noch: Auf einer 28-tägigen Reise zeigt sie Ihnen, wie Sie es in Ihrem Alltag anwenden können. Es spielt keine Rolle, wer Sie sind; es spielt keine Rolle, wo Sie leben und was Sie gerade tun: THE MAGIC wird Ihr Leben vollkommen verändern!

The Secret Life of Sleep

Author: Kat Duff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476753287
Release Date: 2014-03-18
Genre: Health & Fitness

Unlock the astonishing facts, myths, and benefits of one of the most endangered human resources—sleep. It has become increasingly clear that our sleep shapes who we are as much as, if not more than, we shape it. While most sleep research hasn’t ven­tured far beyond research labs and treatment clinics, The Secret Life of Sleep taps into the enormous reservoir of human experiences to illuminate the complexities of a world where sleep has become a dwindling resource. With a sense of infectious curiosity, award winning author Kat Duff mixes cutting-edge research with insightful narratives, surpris­ing insights, and timely questions to help us better understand what we’re losing before it’s too late. The Secret Life of Sleep tackles the full breadth of what sleep means to people the world over. Embark on an exploration of what lies behind and beyond our eyelids when we surrender to the secret life of sleep.

The Secret Life of the Brain

Author: Richard M. Restak
Publisher: Joseph Henry Press
ISBN: 0309074355
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Science

Describes the working of the human brain at five stages of life: baby, child, adolescent, adult, and senior.

Die f nf Sprachen der Liebe Gottes

Author: Gary Chapman
Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
ISBN: 9783765571138
Release Date: 2013-07-26
Genre: Religion

Eine Einladung zu einem "Sprachkurs" der besonderen Art: Entdecken Sie, wie Gott Sie in Ihrer ganz persönlichen Liebessprache anspricht und wie Sie ihm in Ihrer Sprache antworten können. Denn: * Jeder Mensch hat seine ganz persönlichen Ausdrucksformen, in denen er Gott besonders gut hört und erfährt. * Gott spricht alle Liebessprachen. * Gott will Sie mit weiteren Sprachen der Liebe bekannt machen, damit Sie immer besser verstehen, was er Ihnen sagen möchte.