Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames

Author: Andrew Delahunty

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198609483

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 229

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A reference for the general reader contains concise explanations of the origins of over 1,800 nicknames from contemporary and historical culture referring to historical figures, politicians, athletes, entertainers, places, events, and organizations.

Dictionary of American Family Names

Author: Patrick Hanks

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199771693

Category: Reference

Page: 2128

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Where did your surname come from? Do you know how many people in the United States share it? What does it tell you about your lineage? From the editor of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Surnames comes the most extensive compilation of surnames in America. The result of 10 years of research and 30 consulting editors, this massive undertaking documents 70,000 surnames of Americans across the country. A reference source like no other, it surveys each surname giving its meaning, nationality, alternate spellings, common forenames associated with it, and the frequency of each surname and forename. The Dictionary of American Family Names is a fascinating journey throughout the multicultural United States, offering a detailed look at the meaning and frequency of surnames throughout the country. For students studying family genealogy, others interested in finding out more about their own lineage, or lexicographers, the Dictionary is an ideal place to begin research.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Author: Patrick Hanks,Richard Coates,Peter McClure

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192527479

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Containing entries for more than 45,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames, The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK. The Dictionary includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers. Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names. This authoritative guide also includes an introductory essay explaining the historical background, formation, and typology of surnames and a guide to surnames research and family history research. Additional material also includes a list of published and unpublished lists of surnames from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Einführung in das Studium der Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Author: Uwe Böker

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406566707

Category: Amerikanistik

Page: 424

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Diese Einführung in die Anglistik und Amerikanistik bietet einen Grundkurs, der gründliche Informationen über Großbritannienstudien, Nordamerikastudien, Sprachwissenschaft, Literaturwissenschaft, Fachdidaktik und den Bereich Literatur und Medien sowie Informationen über Anglistik im Internet verbindet. Die einzelnen Beiträge stellen die fachlichen Inhalte an den Studienbedürfnissen orientiert, trotzdem detailliert und neueste Entwicklungen berücksichtigend da

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Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Author: Andrew Delahunty

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199543690

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 411

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Provides definitions and information on the origins, history, and usage of terms of foreign origin in English, including words commonly used and scientific vocabulary.

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Author: John Ayto

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019954378X

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 408

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Offers entries for over six thousand idioms, including seven hundred new to this edition, and provides background information, additional cross-references, and national variants.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Author: Susan Ratcliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199567077

Category: Reference

Page: 592

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Based on the 7th ed. of the Oxford dictionary of quotations. Includes extensive coverage of literary and historical quotations and contains up-to-date material from today's influential literary and cultural figures. Includes 1,000 new quotes in categories such as catchphrases, film lines, official advice, and political slogans.

Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Author: Andrew Delahunty

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199543687

Category: Reference

Page: 432

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This updated and revised edition is the authoritative guide to foreign words and phrases used in contemporary British and American English. Drawn from over 40 languages, the 6,000 entries detail the history of each word or phrase and provide selected quotations to clearly illustrate their use in the English language.

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists

Author: Ann Lee Morgan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198029557

Category: Art

Page: 512

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With the advent of abstract expressionism in the 1940s, America became the white hot center of the artistic universe. Now, in The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists, the first such volume to appear in three decades, Ann Lee Morgan offers an informative, insightful, and long overdue resource on our nation's artistic heritage. Featuring 945 alphabetically arranged entries, here is an indispensable biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism. Readers will find a wealth of factual detail and insightful analysis of the leading American painters, ranging from John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, and Mary Cassatt to such modern masters as Jackson Pollack, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol. Morgan offers razor-sharp entries on sculptors ranging from Alexander Calder to Louise Nevelson, on photographers such as Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Walker Evans, and Ansel Adams, and on contemporary installation artists, including video master Bill Viola. In addition, the dictionary provides entries on important individuals connected to the art scene, including collectors such as Peggy Guggenheim and critics such as Clement Greenberg. Morgan also examines notable American institutions, organizations, schools, techniques, styles, and movements. The range of coverage is indeed impressive, but equally important is the quality of analysis that appears in entry after entry. Morgan gives readers a wealth of trustworthy and authoritative information as well as perceptive, well-informed criticism of artists and their work. In addition, the book is thoroughly cross-referenced, so readers can easily find additional information on any topic of interest. Beautifully written, filled with fascinating historical background and penetrating insight, The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists is an essential one-volume resource for art lovers everywhere.

The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

Author: Carole Hough

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019163042X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 832

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In this handbook, scholars from around the world offer an up-to-date account of the state of the art in different areas of onomastics, in a format that is both useful to specialists in related fields and accessible to the general reader. All known languages make use of names, most commonly to identify individual people and places. Since Ancient Greece, names have been regarded as central to the study of language, and this has continued to be a major theme of both philosophical and linguistic enquiry throughout the history of Western thought. The investigation of name origins is more recent, as is the study of names in literature. Relatively new is the study of names in society, which draws on techniques from sociolinguistics and has gradually been gathering momentum over the last few decades. The structure of this volume reflects the emergence of the main branches of name studies, in roughly chronological order. The first Part focuses on name theory and outlines key issues about the role of names in language, focusing on grammar, meaning, and discourse. Parts II and III deal with the study of place-names and personal names respectively, while Part IV outlines contrasting approaches to the study of names in literature, with case studies from different languages and time periods. Part V explores the field of socio-onomastics, with chapters relating to the names of people, places, and commercial products. Part VI then examines the interdisciplinary nature of name studies, before the concluding Part presents a selection of animate and inanimate referents ranging from aircraft to animals, and explains the naming strategies adopted for them.

The Oxford Dictionary of Musical Works

Author: Alison Latham

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198610205

Category: Music

Page: 213

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Anyone who listens to or plays classical music often wants to put the pieces they encounter in context - to check information ranging from who wrote the piece, or the date of its first performance, to how it acquired its title, or whether it was commissioned for a specific person or occasion. General dictionaries of music only cover a limited number of musical works, and include very little detail. The new Oxford Dictionary of Musical Works provides short articles on over 1750 musical works from earliest times to the present day, providing a comprehensive but handy reference. Entries encompass a broad spectrum of genres - from opera, ballet, choral and vocal music, orchestral, chamber and instrumental pieces, to nicknamed works, collections, national anthems, hymn tunes, and traditional melodies. Each entry outlines the genre to which the piece belongs; the librettist or author of the text, including any literary source; the number of acts or movements; the scoring - including details of the instrumentalists and vocalists needed to perform the piece; how it came to be commissioned; the place and date of its first performance; any subsequent arrangements or revisions; and any additional important or entertaining information.

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208956

Category: Reference

Page: 479

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More than five thousand quotations, that range in time from Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, are gathered in a comprehensive, updated resource that evokes a fascinating picture of the social, political, cultural, and scientific highlights of modern times.

Literary Names

Personal Names in English Literature

Author: Alastair Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199592225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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Names hidden by acrostic or anagram, pseudonyms, pen-names, nicknames, nameless characters, and lists of names are all explored in this erudite and fascinating book, which encompasses literature from ancient times to modern.

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation

Author: Susan Ratcliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 689

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Presents proverbs and sayings from across the world to apt and memorable phrases and quotations from across the centuries. This edition of an Oxford classic traces the links between treasured sayings in our language, and explains their varied origins. It includes a keyword index and allows cross referencing.

The Oxford Handbook of the Word

Author: John R. Taylor

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191669334

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 960

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This handbook addresses words in all their multifarious aspects and brings together scholars from every relevant discipline to do so. The many subjects covered include word frequencies; sounds and sound symbolism; the structure of words; taboo words; lexical borrowing; words in dictionaries and thesauri; word origins and change; place and personal names; nicknames; taxonomies; word acquisition and bilingualism; words in the mind; word disorders; and word games, puns, and puzzles. Words are the most basic of all linguistic units, the aspect of language of which everyone is likely to be most conscious. A 'new' word that makes it into the OED is prime news; when baby says its first word its parents reckon it has started to speak; knowing a language is often taken to mean knowing its words; and languages are seen to be related by the similarities between their words. Up to the twentieth century linguistic description was mainly an account of words and all the current subdivisions of linguistics have something to say about them. A notable feature of human languages is the sheer vastness of their word inventories, and scholars and writers have sometimes deliberately increased the richness of their languages by coining or importing new items into their word-hoards. The book presents scholarship and research in a manner that meets the interests of students and professionals and satisfies the curiosity of the educated reader.

Dictionary of Pub Names

Author: N.A

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840222661

Category: Bars (Drinking establishments)

Page: 448

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For hundreds of years, the public house in its many guises, from urban gin palace to wayside coaching inn, has been a charming and quintessential feature of British life, and hence the names and signs associated with pubs are a constant reminder of our history, cultural heritage, folklore and local identity.The Wordsworth Dictionary of Pub Names is a fascinating compilation containing nearly five thousand absorbing entries and can be dipped into for fun or consulted on a serious level for intriguing and amusing information not readily available elsewhere. The local pub is an institution unique to the British Isles, but since English literature abounds with references to hostelries past and present, real and imagined, and no tourist's itinerary is complete without a visit to one or several on their route, its virtues are celebrated worldwide and readers everywhere will enjoy an affectionate and, perhaps, nostalgic browse through the pages of this entertaining dictionary.

A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

Author: Eric Partridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134963653

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 1432

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The definitive work on the subject, this Dictionary - available again in its eighth edition - gives a full account of slang and unconventional English over four centuries and will entertain and inform all language-lovers.