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An A-Z of Effective Vocabulary, By Martin H. Manser

A boiled-down dictionary of 1,001 words for the business community, this book steers thrusting young execs away from such tempting twaddle as paradigm shift ("some people consider it jargon") and proactive ("do not overuse this word"). It also explains why the verb "to impact" is disliked by the verbally sensitive: "since the use of impact is associated with business and commercial writing, it has the unenviable status of jargon".

6 per cent rise in number of exam cheats

Cheating in GCSE and A-level exams increased last year, with teenagers caught almost 4,500 times, official figures showed today.

Book Of A Lifetime: Letters, By Gustave Flaubert

I am, alas, to all intents and purposes, and to my eternal shame, an utterly uneducated, ignorant monoglot. I barely even speak English: I speak Essex. In my mind I sound like Daniel Barenboim delivering the Reith Lectures, or Garrison Keillor, rolling on with another Prairie Home Companion, or Seamus Heaney reciting, or Robin Lustig on the World Service, or WH Auden at the Royal Festival Hall sometime in the late 1960s. But when I speak, I sound like Joe Pasquale. I crush the language.

Liquid assets: If a garden is properly looked after, there's less need for watering than you might imagine

Dictionaries are wonderful time-wasters. I've just looked up "sustainable" in mine and been waylaid by Sussex spaniel ("a short-legged breed of spaniel with a golden-brown coat"), sutra ("Sanskrit sayings on Vedic doctrine") and sutler ("a merchant who accompanied an army in order to sell provisions to the soldiers").

The Ring of Words, By P Gilliver, J Marshall & E Weiner

It is unlikely that a minor participant in the Oxford English Dictionary would merit a study of his entries – including wallop, walnut, walrus and others under "W" – if he had not gone on to write The Lord of the Rings.

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