The Authoritative Topic-by-topic Dictionary of American Lingoes From All Walks of Life

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The first edition of Paul Dickson's "Slang" was selected by William Safire of The New York Times as one of the best language books of the year. Completely updated-- with more than twice as many entries as before-- this latest volume truly encompasses the whole colorful range of current American slang. Divided into twenty-nine broad categories, these are the words that make American English as expressive as it is fascinating. From advertising offices to prisons, from high schools to the halls of Congress, this invaluable resource reveals the way Americans speak and think today.

Whether burgeoning from the web of new words on the Internet, the fluid language of the drug culture, or the brutal and ironic parlance of the Vietnam and Gulf wars, these verbal inventions have carved their places in the vernacular. The vitality of American slang is reflected in such recent coinages as digerati (digital equivalent of literati), spam (to deploy mass postings on the Internet), and phat (good, cool). And the flexibility of the language has given rise to a mountain biker's claims to feeling hammered (exhausted, beaten to a pulp), the Pentagon br

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 1998.
Edition: Revised , updated and expanded.
ISBN: 9780671549206
Branch Call Number: 427.973 Dic 1998 REF
Characteristics: xii, 465 pages


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