An expansion of Hendrickson's (Dictionary of American Regionalisms) third edition, published in 2003, this updated version remains the most comprehensive compendium of word and phrase origins available. Now including 15,000 alphabetically organized, fully cross-referenced terms and idioms, this resource features cleverly written, paragraph-long entries filled with fascinating detail on the sociological evolution of colloquial expressions, proverbs, flora- and fauna-related terms, geographical and historical expressions, nicknames, and foreign words. Because the entries have both scholarly value and the capacity to entertain, the book is ideal for both linguists and lay readers. Recommended for English collections and public libraries.
Savannah Schroll Guz