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American Slang Dictionary: The Ultimate Reference to Nonstandard Usage, Colloquialisms, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms

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For the 411 on American slang, this guidebook is the top banana

From "head trip" to "foot in mouth," American Slang Dictionary gives you the complete definitions of thousands of uniquely American words and phrases, ranging from golden oldies such as "catch some rays" and "take the fifth" to more up-to-the-minute coinages like Wall Street's "jonx," the Internet's "ping," and the gangsta's favorite, "shizzle."

Inside you'll find more than 12,000 words and expressions from a wide variety of sources, including gangsta rap, the blogosphere, and the U.S. prison system. In a New York minute, you'll be down with the colloquialisms, vulgarities, and substandard English that make everyday interactions in contemporary American life so colorful.

BSOD or blue screen of death the blue computer screen that appears after a programming or operational error

crunk wild; crazy; out of control

kvetch to complain

left-handed monkey wrench a nonexistent tool

word of mouse a message spread by e-mail

Synopsis:

Learn the lingo of American English

The American Slang Dictionary offers you the complete definitions of more than 12,000 slang and informal expressions from various sources, ranging from golden oldie to ping. Each entry is followed by examples illustrating how an expression is used in everyday conversation. Where necessary, International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciations are given, as well as cautionary notes for crude, inflammatory, or taboo expressions.

About the Author

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a former reference editor and linguistics professor at Northwestern University. He has written more than 150 dictionaries.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Dictionary
Introduction
Terms, Symbols, and Abbreviations
Pronunication Guide
Dictionary
Index of Hidden Key Words
Thematic Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071461085
Author:
Spears, Richard A
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies
Author:
Spears, Richard A.
Author:
Spears, Richard
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Dictionaries - Idioms & Slang
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Figures of speech
Subject:
Reference-Slang and Idioms
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Series:
American Slang Dictionary: The Ultimate Reference to
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
546
Dimensions:
9.00x6.04x.82 in. 1.49 lbs.

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The American Slang Dictionary offers you the complete definitions of more than 12,000 slang and informal expressions from various sources, ranging from golden oldie to ping. Each entry is followed by examples illustrating how an expression is used in everyday conversation. Where necessary, International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciations are given, as well as cautionary notes for crude, inflammatory, or taboo expressions.

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