Dictionary of American Slang

Dictionary of American Slang

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Baker & Taylor
Includes words and phrases from all of United States history and from current subcultures, such as rock and roll, corporations, African Americans, and gays and lesbians

Originally published in 1960, The Dictionary of American Slang is widely regarded as the standard in its field. Expanded and completely updated, this third edition contains more than 19,000 terms of representing the variety and vigor of American slang, from the most widely acceptable to the taboo, and covering all periods of American history -- from the gypsies, soldiers, railroad workers and cowboys of the 19th century to more modern spawning grounds such as the rock 'n' roll world, the corporate sector, African-Americans, gays and lesbians and many more.

Intimately connected with the fringes of our culture and responding with vigilance to new developments in technology, slang is the fastest changing part of our language. This new edition considers the subcultures that have emerged in the wake of the past decade's technological and communication advances, including the advent of computer usage at home and in the workplace and the explosion of the Internet and the World Wide Web. With more than 2,000 new terms, the Lexicon of the '90s is recorded here in definitive detail.

Like previous editions, this edition features pronunciation guides, word origins, examples of appropriate usage as well as a helpful highlighting system that lets you know which terms should be used with caution, and never in polite company. Both as important archive of the way America is really talking and a lot of fun to read, The Dictionary of American Slang  will prove to be an invaluable companion in keeping up with the dauntingly jargon-filled, quickly evolving language of today.

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Updated and enlarged from the 1967/1975 second edition of Harold Wentworth and Stuart Berg Flexner's Dictionary of American Slang , and reprints Flexner's classic sociolinguistic account of slang from the original 1960 edition. Includes words and phrases from all US history and current subcultures such as rock and roll, corporations, African Americans, and gays and lesbians. Cites origins, examples of use, a warning about use in polite society. Pronunciation is indicated for words the editors think are not obvious to educated native English speakers. Well cross- referenced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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With more than two thousand entries, this classic reference provides complete coverage of the latest in American slang, presenting a rich array of idiomatic expressions and phrases and discussing the origins of cutting-edge language, particularly pertaining to technology, business, and the media.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1995
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780062701077
Characteristics: xxii, 617 p. ; 25 cm


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