Americanisms: The Illustrated Book fo Words Made in the U.S.A

Americanisms: The Illustrated Book fo Words Made in the U.S.A

by Gary Luke, Susan Quinn, Susan R. Quinn
     
 

Since the first settlement at Jamestown, Americans have been busy inventing new words and phrases for the English language. Some of them, like "beauty parlor," are prosaic, while others, like "quickie," hint at the scandalous. This book salutes a wide range of these "Americanisms," with 125 examples. Each entry includes a definition, a brief etymology, and an example…  See more details below

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Since the first settlement at Jamestown, Americans have been busy inventing new words and phrases for the English language. Some of them, like "beauty parlor," are prosaic, while others, like "quickie," hint at the scandalous. This book salutes a wide range of these "Americanisms," with 125 examples. Each entry includes a definition, a brief etymology, and an example of the word in context. Each also comes with a literal or interpretive archival photograph that acts as comic counterpoint. Words include "lowbrow," "cheapskate," "electrocute," "hippy," and "ghostwriter." From "Afro" to "zipper," this intriguing and witty gift book is sure to delight and divert word lovers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Americanisms," according to the authors of this little book, are "words that have been coined or adopted in the United States and are now part of the English language." Luke and Quinn, who identify themselves as compilers and not scholars or etymologists, have collected 100 such words, each with its part of speech, a brief definition, an illustrative quotation, and a black-and-white photograph. Some of the Americanisms included are antebellum, bangs, drunk, holdup, mossback, paycheck, runway, scalawag, and widget. The tone is light, random, and sometimes ironic, but there is not enough to be of much interest past one casual look. The definitions are minimal, the quotations are sometimes funny or appealing but often only puzzling, and all the photographs are stock images from the CORBIS web site, many of which are already overly familiar. The ephemeral material presented here would have made an entertaining series in a popular magazine; presented in book form, however, it makes one wonder what market it serves. Not recommended.-Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570613852
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
06/15/2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.51(d)

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