Words at Work: An Insider's Guide to the Language of Professions [NOOK Book]

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A fascinating view into the arcane nature of the workplace, Words at Work delves into fifteen professions-both ordinary and extraordinary-to discover the unique and colorful vocabulary that gives them their energy. The occupations are eclectic, from every day jobs like waste manager to singular positions like symphony orchestra musician; but the connections between words-which make you feel as though you're having a conversation with someone in the know-and Mim Harrison's skills as a writer, give readers an ...
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Words at Work: An Insider's Guide to the Language of Professions

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Overview


A fascinating view into the arcane nature of the workplace, Words at Work delves into fifteen professions-both ordinary and extraordinary-to discover the unique and colorful vocabulary that gives them their energy. The occupations are eclectic, from every day jobs like waste manager to singular positions like symphony orchestra musician; but the connections between words-which make you feel as though you're having a conversation with someone in the know-and Mim Harrison's skills as a writer, give readers an uncommon and highly perceptive glimpse into each of these worlds. Now you'll know what it means when the musician sheds the part (practices the music), the airline pilot mentions the wing walkers (the gate crew that guides your plane to a stop) and the waste manager yells out white goods (an appliance like a stove or refrigerator that is destined for the trash heap).

Harrison is captivated by the singular vocabularies of these occupations and she shares her fascination with readers. Whether you're a linguaphile who has always been curious about the lingoes attached to professions, or starting out in one of the occupations and hoping to get a leg up on the vocabulary, Words at Work will both charm and educate. Mim Harrison has a unique ear for language, and a gifted light touch as a writer. That combination makes Words at Work a highly original entry in the crowded field of language books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802718686
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.68 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mim Harrison has been a speechwriter, scriptwriter and ghostwriter for numerous professions since 1984. She is the founding editor of Levenger Press and has written pieces on Winston Churchill, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexis de Tocqueville for the imprint's titles. She currently writes a column on the reading habits of writers for wellreadlife.com.
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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     xii
"Eighty-six on the fillets": Restaurateur     1
Poodles and cannibals: Retailer     10
Greasers, eepers and glory: Airline Pilot     17
Weeping marshmallows, Dutching chocolate: Cookie Baker     24
Gorillacillin: Pharmacist     31
"EQ the VO with the SFX": Television Promo Producer     38
Wooing SMERFs, crunching REVPAR: Hotelier     45
Hickeys, halos and hot spots: Printer     49
Blowing for dollars: Symphony Orchestra Musician     56
Angels, orphans, zombies, vultures: Venture Capitalist     62
White goods that aren't: Waste Manager     70
Dummy juice and cereal boxes: Perfume Maker     76
Spikes, strikes, swings and vamps: Broadway Company Manager     82
"Do It in the nood": Microbiologist     89
"You're the stick in this trick": Magician     94
Final Word     99
Humanography     100
Sources of Help, Hope and Inspiration     111
About the Creators     113
Index of Terms     114
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