Etymology and Slang
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
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 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
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
      ISBN: 281AKJ1021531
Black Sheep and Lame Ducks: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day
Black Sheep and Lame Ducks
The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day
Paperback      ISBN: 0399535128
The follow-up to Red Herrings and White Elephants explains the history of the curious and bizarre origins of hundreds of idioms and expressions, including “wearing your heart on your sleeve

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
A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras
A Compendium of Collective Nouns
From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452108234
"This illustrated guide compiles over 2,000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colorful, graphic artwork from the design dynamos at Woop Studios. Chock-full of treasures of the English language, the diversity of terms collected here covers topics from plants and animals (a parade of elephants, an embarrassment of pandas) to people and things (a pomposity of professors, an exultation of fireworks) and range from the familiar (a pride of lions) to the downright obscure (an ooze of amoebas). Pronunciations, definitions, etymologies, and historical anecdotes make this beautiful book an entertaining read, a standout reference, and a visual treat. Language lovers and art appreciators alike will be captivated by this gem, rich in word and image"--

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
Paperback      ISBN: 0192830988
A guide to word origins offers entries covering the history and sense-development of a major part of the modern English vocabulary.
The Dictionary of Cliches
The Dictionary of Cliches
Paperback      ISBN: 0345338146
The first dictionary of its kind revitalizes more than two thousand cliches and tired phrases by revealing the history of the origin behind each one