Etymology and Slang
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0547676581
Covering almost ten thousand phrases, including bite the bullet, take the cake, buy the farm, and says who, a unique reference on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.
American Slang
American Slang
Paperback      ISBN: 0061179477
A new edition of a classic reference guide to American informal language and slang, revised for twenty-first-century word enthusiasts, is updated with more than 1,500 new words and phrases, in a resource that cites term origins as well as definitions. Originally published as The Dictionary of American Slang. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
American Slang Dictionary: The Ultimate Reference to Nonstandard Usage, Colloquialisms, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms
American Slang Dictionary
The Ultimate Reference to Nonstandard Usage, Colloquialisms, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0071461086
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
The Anatomy of Swearing
The Anatomy of Swearing
Hardcover      ISBN: 281AKJ1021531
An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions
An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1843105187
This revised and expanded edition has over 5000 explanations that help unlock the meaning of everyday idiomatic expressions and dispel the confusion that arises from the misinterpretation of language. Both informative and entertaining, the book addresses an important aspect of social communication for people with Asperger Syndrome, who use direct, precise language and 'take things literally'. Each entry is clearly explained, with a guide to its politeness level and suggestions for when and how it might be used. The book covers British and American English and includes some Australian expressions. Although the dictionary is primarily for people with Asperger Syndrome, it is useful and fun for anyone who struggles to understand idiomatic and colloquial English. This is an essential, accessible resource for everyday use.
The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology
The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0062700847
Provides the linguistic derivations of more than twenty thousand American English words
The Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words
The Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words
Paperback      ISBN: 1440506256
Collects more than 2,000 insults, obscenities, and vulgarities in a single entertaining, on-the-edge volume. By the author of The Little Red book of Very Dirty Words. Original.
Carnal Knowledge: A Navel Gazer's Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia
Carnal Knowledge
A Navel Gazer's Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia
Paperback      ISBN: 0312371217
A word lover's reference provides a close-up look at the words used to describe the human body, providing detailed etymologies and trivia about such words as eye, gry, sideburns, nostril, and bourdonnement.
Chambers Dictionary of Etymology
Chambers Dictionary of Etymology
Hardcover      ISBN: 0550142304
This is a dictionary of word origin designed to be a useful reference source for the general reader as well as an important etymological resource for the expert. It contains over 30,000 entries.
The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech
The City in Slang
New York Life and Popular Speech
Paperback      ISBN: 0195092651
Traces the emergence of slang terms in the growing metropolis of New York City, providing a lexicon of urban speech and an account of the social history of New York