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One Letter Words: A Dictionary [Hardcover]

Craig Conley

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23 Dec 2005
Merriam-Webster, move over! Until now, no English dictionary ever found the fun or the fascination in revealing the meanings of letters. "One-Letter Words, A Dictionary" illuminates the more than 800 surprising definitions associated with each letter in the English alphabet. For instance, Conley uncovers 69 different definitions for the letter X, the most versatile and printed letter in the English language. Using facts, figures, quotations, and etymologies, the author provides a complete and enjoyable understanding of the one-letter word. With the letter B, Conley teaches us that its many different meanings span multiple subjects including science - B denotes a blood type and also is a symbol for the element Boron on the Periodic table - and history - in the Middle Ages, B was branded on a blasphemer's forehead. With the letter A, he reminds us that A is not only a bra size, but also a musical note. This book is the essential desk companion, gift, or reference volume for a vast array of readers, puzzle lovers, teachers, students, librarians, or armchair linguists. Once they pick it up they'll never be able to put it down.

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Craig Conley is an established teacher and author with a long history of writing for schools and public libraries. For nine years he was an instructor of composition, literature, and study skills at universities and community colleges in Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant. 2 Jan 2006
By Uma Larson - Published on
I bought this book after hearing the author speak about it on NPR. I have since re-ordered and am online to re-order again as friends who found it on my coffee table could not put it down. It's far more than the clever concept even promises. The author essentially takes you on a journey through literature and you'll see words in an entirely new light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Suprise! 8 Jan 2006
By judy-h - Published on
Can be enjoyed on so many levels. It is fun and scholarly. This is not a 'dry' little dictionary, but an adventure through facts you knew, but had forgotten ("E" is the Roman Numeral for 250); obvious, but hadn't thought about (how prominent the letter "E" is in our electronic world); or just didn't know (most of Emily Dickinson's poems begin with the word "I"). Like me, my friends are surprised at what an entertaining and thoughtful book Mr. Conley has written. Can't wait for his next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift!!! 24 Oct 2011
By R. Bakhtiari - Published on
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I borrowed this book from a friend and realized there is much more to it than a once-through read. It is filled with great literary references, spun together by a clearly erudite scholar. I purchased my own and highly recommend it to anyone who has an appreciation for language and/or literature!! FIVE STARS are not enough!!
4.0 out of 5 stars useful 14 Dec 2013
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Very useful and entertaining. Can.t wait for the next family scrabble game. No cheating allowed on the games here.sayanara Angola.
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