The Tyranny of Words

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Mariner Books #ad - A contemporary of the economist Thorstein Veblen and the author Upton Sinclair, Chase was a social theorist and writer who despised the imprecision of contemporary communication. A thoroughly scholarly study of the science of the meaning of words. Kirkus reviews   “when thinking about words, I think about Stuart Chase’s The Tyranny of Words.

In 1938, stuart chase revolutionized the study of semantics with his classic text, The Tyranny of Words. The pioneering and still essential text on semantics, urging readers to improve human communication and understanding with precise, concrete language. Wide-ranging and erudite, this iconic volume was one of the first to condemn the overuse of abstract words and to exhort language users to employ words that make their ideas accurate, complete, and readily understood.

The Tyranny of Words #ad - Decades later, this eminently useful analysis of the way we use words continues to resonate. It is one of those books that never lose its message. CounterPunch.

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Selections from Science and Sanity

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Institute of General Semantics #ad - Selections from science and sanity represents Alfred Korzybski's authorized abridgement of his magnum opus, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics. Selections from science and sanity serves as an excellent introduction to general semantics as a system intended to aid the individual's adjustment to reality, enhance intellectual and creative activities, and alleviate the many social ills that have plagued humanity throughout our history.

This second edition, pragmatics of human communication, perception, applied psychology, to Korzybski's practical philosophy, adds new introductory material and a revised index, to coincide with our non-Newtonian physics and non-Euclidean geometries, published in response to the recent Korzybski revival, providing an accessible introduction to Korzybski's arguments concerning the need for a non-Aristotelian approach to knowledge, thought, and language, and educational program.

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Words Gone Wild: Fun and Games for Language Lovers

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - A treasury for anyone who enjoys puns, puzzles, and all kinds of wordplay!   This enlightening and entertaining guide to humorous language is chock-full of comical spoonerisms, limericks, droll malapropisms, palindromes, witty anagrams, tongue-twisters, and more. It also provides a bit of historical and etymological education, the Bible, with puns from Greek dramatists, Shakespeare, George S.

Kaufman, and Groucho Marx. Occasionally bawdy and always playful, Words Gone Wild is a fun-filled volume for anyone who loves language—and laughter.  .

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Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language

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Morgan James Publishing #ad - Learn the ins and outs of effective written and oral communication through a collection of trivia, anecdotes, puzzles, lists, and practical lessons. Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills.

Provocative insights into high-stakes forms of communication—speaking, humorous anecdotes, interviewing, selling, and even romance—are mixed with English language trivia, coaching, and unique puzzles. His inspiring perspective will transform you into a better listener, writer, speaker, and teammate, and it will stimulate some deeper self-observation—a catalyst for improving your own communications proficiency.

Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language #ad - . Eureka! illuminates the oddities, the amusement, and the communication power to be found in the English language.

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Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing Harvest Book

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Mariner Books #ad - This painless, snappy chapters, practical book is filled with short, crystal-clear examples, and a “playful sense of humor” The New York Times Book Review—covering everything from “Pronoun Pileups” and “Verbs That Zing” to “What to Do When You’re Stuck. With these simple, straightforward tips, you can learn how to sort your thoughts and make sentences that make sense.

Students writing papers, employees preparing reports, and those who just want to be understood in print may benefit from this fun-to-use answer to Strunk and White. From the bestselling author of woe is i: A guide to grammar fundamentals that’s sympathetic to the struggling writer and often just plain funny” The Seattle Times.

Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing Harvest Book #ad - O’connor uses humor as she takes apart sentences and their parts and shows how each element is used effectively. Booklist. Whether you need to improve your skills for work or school, or aspire to the Great American Novel, and punctuation is essential—not just to make you look like a professional but to communicate effectively in emails, essays, spelling, a grounding in grammar, or anything you need to write.

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Essays in Skepticism

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Philosophical Library/Open Road #ad - From one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century: A collection of accessible and enlightening essays on topics from envy to intellectual rubbish. Here are titles, taken at random from the table of contents: psychoanalysis Takes a Look; Envy and Belief; On Male Superiority; What Social Science Can Do; Intellectual Rubbish; Don’t Be Too Certain; On Being Old.

 . Russell, the sage non-conformist, is always meaningful, no matter what the topic or the issue. In this small book are some of his old but nonetheless remarkable observations, and some of the thoughts he expressed on his 90th birthday.

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Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - In a witty and engaging style that incorporates everything from sting to cell phones to Bill Gates, the Socratic method, of course, and, Fearn demystifies the ways of thought that have shaped and inspired humanity—among many others, Bentham’s theory of utilitarianism, Descartes’s use of doubt, Rousseau’s social contract, the concept of common sense.

Acute, but always authoritative, often irreverent, this is a unique introduction to the ideas that have shaped us all. A large, crafty bag of brilliant tools .  .  . For those who don’t know the difference between lucretius’s spear and Hume’s fork, Zeno and the Tortoise explains not just who each philosopher was and what he thought, but exactly how he came to think in the way he did.

Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher #ad - From the author of the latest answers to the Oldest Questions, a philosophical guide that’s “great for sounding cleverer than you really are” Men’s Health. Along the way, there are fascinating biographical snippets about the philosophers themselves: the story of Thales falling down a well while studying the stars, and of Socrates being told by a face-reader that his was the face of a monster who was capable of any crime.

Written in twenty-five short chapters, each readable during the journey to work, Zeno and the Tortoise is the ideal course in intellectual self-defense. An academic arsenal of philosophical weapons that are keen for slicing and stabbing through the slippery profoundities of day-to-day decision-making and right into the middle of dinner-party conversations of which you would have otherwise been left out.

Philosophy Now.

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Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular

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Mariner Books #ad - Clear and concise enough for any beginner but wise and powerful enough for any pro, Writing in General is a classic to be savored by both aspiring and seasoned writers. Annie Proulx. His skill at identifying talent and understanding story made him a legend within the industry as an unparalleled editor of short fiction.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience and success, this practical guide explains essential techniques of writing fiction—from developing character to crafting plots to effectively employing literary techniques. Writing in general and the short Story in Particular is a master class in writing—especially short story writing—from the master himself.

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On Writers & Writing

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Open Road Media #ad - Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force. He offers insights into and exacting critiques on such writers as Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, and John Cheever, Saul Bellow, while addressing his personal influences and delivering broad-ranging observations on literary culture.

Provocative and poignant, on Writers & Writing is a must-read for both aspiring writers and careful readers of American literature. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, rare photos, including original letters, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.

On Writers & Writing #ad - The classic work on the art of fiction by the “refreshingly unpredictable” novelist and literary critic Publishers WeeklyIn this posthumously published collection of his essays and reviews, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process.

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The Little Black Book of Writers' Wisdom

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - Quotations from famous authors about the writing process—to inspire you, advise you, or just make you laugh. Here are the wisest and wittiest utterances on such subjects as why we write Ernest Hemingway: “I have a good life but I must write because if I do not write a certain amount I do not enjoy the rest of my life.

How to write anton chekhov: “don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. And writing for money Cormac McCarthy: “I never had any doubts about my abilities. Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.

The Little Black Book of Writers' Wisdom #ad - Gene fowler   anyone who has ever wanted—or been required—to create something more complicated than a shopping list or a tweet knows how challenging writing can be. I knew I could write. This book collects quotes about the creative process and the writing life from a variety of authors—even the most celebrated and successful of whom have sometimes struggled with self-doubt and felt blocked.

Dip into this lively and useful treasure trove, and you’ll be well on your way. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this. ”. It has been said that reading won’t make you a good writer, but it will make you a better writer.

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Practical Intelligence: How to Think Critically, Deconstruct Situations, Analyze Deeply, and Never Be Fooled Clear Thinking and Fast Action Book 4

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PKCS Media #ad - Neuroscience-proven guidelines to think, act, and become smarter ASAP. He has sold over a million books. And maybe ignorance is bliss. No, it starts from biological bases of analytical thinking, and how we can re-program ourselves for deep insight. Learn to ask the intelligent questions, draw insight, and analyze situations.

How the body and brain must work together for quick thinking. What it truly means to think deeply and analyze. How to think about your thinking, and the obstacles that short circuit your good intentions. Science-based techniques to train your brain for optimal performance. Mental models for optimal decision-making.

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Never get fooled again and find the truth in situations quickly.

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