Etymology and Slang
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.
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
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
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.
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.