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140 Stories of Exactly 140 Characters (Each) is a Twitter-age composition which speaks for itself with its title. There are 140 stories, each comprising exactly 140 characters and each based on a simple idea, which you may or may not know, but which is a lot of fun to try to work out. Just visit the Liondale site for your FREE copy! Hope you enjoy it!

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At last, the definitive book on English etymology and word origins is out. Click here on to visit the book's website and find out more. The book takes a wry and humorous look at over 900 words, imagining what would happen if their former meanings were still used now and creating scenarios to the effect. You can sample some of the entries and have a go at answering the growing number of cryptic questions on the book. You can also buy the book print-on-demand or for Amazon Kindle devices. Don't delay, see it today.

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