Monthly Archives: February 2011

Reference Resource of the Week

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A dictionary of euphemisms & other doubletalk : being a compilation of linguistic fig leaves and verbal flourishes for artful users of the English Language

In this witty reference work, you can explore alternate meanings of words used to imply something besides their primary meaning. Why are certain words used instead of others? Want to know what “Jiminy Cricket” means? Or what “homemade” may imply? Check out this resource!

Did you know this definition…?

It: The neuter pronoun obviously can be made to stand for almost anything one prefers not to discuss in colorful detail and, over the years, ‘it’ has.”

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Reference Resource of the Week

Prisons and Prison Systems: A Global EncyclopediaBook Cover

Want to learn more about the history of prisons in the United States and beyond? Want to find the origins of chain gangs? Want to understand the difference between Auburn and Pennsylvania prison systems?  Check out this resource!

Did you know that…?

“The Tower of London [is] England’s most famous prison. The first recorded prisoner, in 1101, was the bishop of Durham, who was allowed to keep his servants with him.”

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