Words at Work: An Insiders Guide to the Language of Professions

Words at Work: An Insiders Guide to the Language of Professions

by Mim Harrison, Lee Passarella
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 youre having a conversation with someone in the know-and Mim Harrisons skills as a writer, give readers an uncommon and highly perceptive glimpse into each of these worlds. Now youll 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 youre 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:
05/26/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
2 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 imprints titles. She currently writes a column on the reading habits of writers for www.wellreadlife.com.
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 imprints titles. She currently writes a column on the reading habits of writers for www.wellreadlife.com.

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