Etymology and Slang
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.
Depraved and Insulting English
Depraved and Insulting English
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0156011492
A humorous compendium of unsavory, offensive, and off-color words offers pronunciation, definitions, example sentences, and commentary on English vocabulary meant to insult and ridicule those on the outskirts of mainstream society or who exhibit unpleasant characteristics. Original. 25,000 first printing.
A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day
A Dictionary of Catch Phrases
American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day
Paperback      ISBN: 0812885368
Explains the origins and meanings of popular phrases
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
A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang
A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang
Paperback      ISBN: 0415046025
This re-issue of Julian Franklyn's classic dictionary not only defines these expressions but also explains their origin and history. An introductory essay examines the roots and development of rhyming slang. Although many people assume that rhyming slang is exclusively Cockney, Franklyn illustrates how it is common to Australian and Americn dialects. From the unlikely to the bizarre, the 1,500 entries both entertain and enlighten. Cartoons enliven a reference section which combines linguistic detail and cultural analysis. Whether reading the dictionary from cover to cover, or dipping into it as a reference tool, linguists and students of popular culture will find it the definitive source of information on rhyming slang.
Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English Language Words
Dictionary of Word Origins
The Histories of More Than 8,000 English Language Words
Paperback      ISBN: 1611450535
Provides the history behind many common English words and discusses the surprising connections between everyday words.
Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English
Divided by a Common Language
A Guide to British and American English
Paperback      ISBN: 0618911626
A Guide to British and American English
Do You Speak American?
Do You Speak American?
Paperback      ISBN: 0156032880
In a companion volume to the PBS series, the authors of The Story of English offer a witty and insightful look at the origins, history, and current state of American spoken and written language, looking at the linguistic quirks and traditions that exist in diverse regions of the country and assessing the influence of e-mail, ethnic boundaries, and other factors on the language. Reprint.