Barron's American Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus

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This unique reference volume is two books in one: a dictionary of slang and a slang thesaurus, with both sections treating the same words and phrases. And this is one poshed up volume! Entries are arranged alphabetically in the dictionary and thematically in the thesaurus, and include definition, pronunciation, part of speech—and origins, usage information, and usage alerts when applicable—in both the thesaurus and the dictionary. All entry words are visually coded to help you distinguish slang that is ...

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Overview

This unique reference volume is two books in one: a dictionary of slang and a slang thesaurus, with both sections treating the same words and phrases. And this is one poshed up volume! Entries are arranged alphabetically in the dictionary and thematically in the thesaurus, and include definition, pronunciation, part of speech—and origins, usage information, and usage alerts when applicable—in both the thesaurus and the dictionary. All entry words are visually coded to help you distinguish slang that is potentially objectionable from other slang, and all synonyms are coded for the level of formality (formal, informal, no register) and separated by part of speech. This gives you more information about the potential effects of your word choice on your audience, so you have a much better chance than with a "regular" thesaurus of picking the right word for your particular context the first time. Graphics and brief articles are added to show you slang "under the hood"—the patterns and features that characterize slang usage. With this book, you'll be able to find out how the screaming meemies got their name, why someone might be offended if you use the apparently inoffensive word crumbs, which words that mean "to kill" also mean "to cause riotous laughter," and easily distinguish whether someone is an old fart, a son of a bitch, or just a silly ass. Here is a handy reference book for students, word buffs, and professional writers— a title that merits a place in every reference library. Printed throughout in two colors.

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Slang is to language what spice is to food: it adds zest and makes the bland seem more interesting. While all of us use unconventional words from time to time, our diction depends largely on geography and socioeconomic status, which means that oftentimes something is lost in translation. Publishers have been quite obliging in this regard, trotting out compilations of unorthodox constructions of varying qualities at regular intervals. This work falls somewhere in the middle. As one-volume slang slingers go, it has a number of features in its favor. Chief among them is its tripartite construction. Part 1 takes up roughly the first half and is a straightforward A-to-Z of slang words and their definitions. Part 2 is a thesaurus: here, the slang is categorized under broad headings and narrower subheadings, and this allows the reader to look up a standard English word, such as stupid, in order to discover how to render this term into the vernacular. In this case, no fewer than 33 synonyms are given, including such interesting possibilities as dorkus maximus and space cadet. A slender Part 3 serves as a mini-primer on linguistics. Elizabeth has written three other books on public speaking, poetry, and spelling for Barron's. BOTTOM LINE For general use, the book to own is still Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. This volume is user-friendly, clearly written, and very affordable, qualities that make it a solid addition to most libraries.—Michael Bemis, Washington Cty. Lib., Woodbury, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764138614
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 596
  • Sales rank: 388,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Good Concept Bad Execution

    The idea is one I have been waiting for. The contents are, in slang, lame. You could come up with these slang words already without opening the book. Stick with on line slang dictionaries...they're more current.

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