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World English: From Aloha to Zed

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Publisher Comments:

English is spoken by more than a billion people worldwide. And from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Portsmouth, England, to Papua New Guinea, wherever it is spoken, the English language is enriched by its diverse speakers. Expressions such as the delightfully evocative Jamaican belly-god (a greedy, gluttonous person), the efficiently upbeat Japanese conflation imejiappu (to "image-up" or improve one’s image), and the archly truculent Australianism spine-bashing ("loafing" or "resting"), are just a few examples of the countless regional twists on English usage that can both charm and bewilder the unprepared traveler, foreign movie fan, or word buff.

The first A-to-Z reference to English diction in all its flavors, hues, tones, and timbres, World English is your best hedge against this increasingly common cause of vocabulary-induced bumfuzzlement.

Written by Robert Hendrickson, the distinguished author of several critically acclaimed works on the English language–including the internationally celebrated Human Words–World English contains almost 3,000 carefully selected words and phrases culled from fifty regional variations on the English-language theme. Each entry includes a concise definition and the term’s region of origin, and many offer an example sentence showing how the word is used. In many cases, entries are enlivened by amusing and enlightening anecdotes and fun facts relating to a term’s history and varying uses that frequently provide

fascinating insights into the culture from which it arose.

In addition to offering entries from countries or regions where English is the first language–including the British Isles, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand–World English features words from countries where English is one of several official languages, such as India, South Africa, and Malaysia. You’ll also find dozens of examples of English words and phrases that have made their way into non-English-speaking countries, sometimes with a surprising twist in meaning, such as the French un slow (an American-style blues song), the Italian lo slip (men’s underwear), and the Japanese stand play (to perform ostentatiously for an audience).

World English is sure to become a staple among word lovers, travelers, and anyone alive to the rich cultural tapestry that is the new global village.

Review:

"Hendrickson's love of the English language is apparent in his unusual presentation of the book's entries, which provide etymology and region of origin....[E]ntertaining and informative." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

As we might expect, the states of having sex or being drunk consume a large portion of the slang terms compiled in this collection from the English usage practiced in America, Britain, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica and (to a lesser degree) Bahamia, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. Hendrickson (author of American regional dictionary and other works) provides examples of phrases where the words are used and anecdotes to explain the more unusual phrases.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From Albuquerque to Melbourne to Zanzibar, a lively tour of English usage around the world

Is "What’s up, Doc?" an appropriate response to a Scot who asks if you’re wabbit?

Is it logical to assume that a cowhand has been dipping into the loco weed when he tells you he’s six feet above snakes?

If an Australian gives you heaps, should you thank him, laugh, get angry, or see a doctor?

With World English, you’ll never be in the dark about the meanings of these and thousands of other English words and phrases. Featuring complete definitions of almost 3,000 English terms from around the world, World English is an endless source of insight, inspiration, and fun for writers, word mavens, international business people, students, and sophisticated travelers alike.

The only A-to-Z reference to English usage around the world

  • Features almost 3,000 English words and phrases
  • Entries include concise definitions, regions of origin, cross-cultural synonyms, and notes on etymology

"We have adopted as words Bartlett’s and Webster’s; maybe someday, we’ll have Hendrickson’s as a generic term."–Library Journal, from a review of Human Words

About the Author

Robert Hendrickson is the author of several critically acclaimed works on the English language, including Human Words, American Talk: The Words and Ways of American Dialects; The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins; and Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms. He is also the author of several celebrated works on American literature and the Civil War. He lives in Peconic, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471345183
Subtitle:
From Aloha to Zed
Author:
Hendrickson, Robert
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Foreign countries
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
English language -- Foreign countries.
Subject:
General Communication & Media Studies
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.28x6.34x.97 in. 1.26 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780471345183 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hendrickson's love of the English language is apparent in his unusual presentation of the book's entries, which provide etymology and region of origin....[E]ntertaining and informative."
"Synopsis" by , From Albuquerque to Melbourne to Zanzibar, a lively tour of English usage around the world

Is "What’s up, Doc?" an appropriate response to a Scot who asks if you’re wabbit?

Is it logical to assume that a cowhand has been dipping into the loco weed when he tells you he’s six feet above snakes?

If an Australian gives you heaps, should you thank him, laugh, get angry, or see a doctor?

With World English, you’ll never be in the dark about the meanings of these and thousands of other English words and phrases. Featuring complete definitions of almost 3,000 English terms from around the world, World English is an endless source of insight, inspiration, and fun for writers, word mavens, international business people, students, and sophisticated travelers alike.

The only A-to-Z reference to English usage around the world

  • Features almost 3,000 English words and phrases
  • Entries include concise definitions, regions of origin, cross-cultural synonyms, and notes on etymology

"We have adopted as words Bartlett’s and Webster’s; maybe someday, we’ll have Hendrickson’s as a generic term."–Library Journal, from a review of Human Words

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