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How to Talk American: A Guide to Our Native Tongues

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For twelve years Jim Crotty has been traveling this great country in his roving Monkmobile (don't ask) and in the process has discovered how Americans really speak, from coast to coast and border to border - from Bible Belt Banter to Vegas Vernacular, from Redneck Rhetoric to New England Niceties: Things you need to know about Boston before you go there: Quahog (say co-hog) - oil-slickened red-tide clam, prized by Bostonians for its taste; Santa Fe semantics: Blue corn - sacred food, sold as chips; Seattle-speak:...

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For twelve years Jim Crotty has been traveling this great country in his roving Monkmobile (don't ask) and in the process has discovered how Americans really speak, from coast to coast and border to border - from Bible Belt Banter to Vegas Vernacular, from Redneck Rhetoric to New England Niceties: Things you need to know about Boston before you go there: Quahog (say co-hog) - oil-slickened red-tide clam, prized by Bostonians for its taste; Santa Fe semantics: Blue corn - sacred food, sold as chips; Seattle-speak: Partly sunny - partly cloudy Crotty's savvy and often hilarious region-by-region guide to the way we talk provides a dead-on (and sometimes too strange) indication of how we think, how we behave, and what we hold dear.

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Crotty has cruised the United States in his "monkmobile" for the past 12 years while coauthoring Monk, an alternative travel magazine. Based on his "how to talk" column, this "guide to our native tongues" is an uneven mix of possibly useful words and gratuitous mockery of regional accents. Some jargon definitions are straightforward, others carry value-laden remarks, and enough errors of basic fact in the text jeopardize the validity of the whole (e.g., a quote by Willie Sutton is attributed to John Dillinger, and Michael Dukakis rather than Walter Mondale is listed as losing to Reagan in 1984). There are no surprising or particularly new terms here, and some are either defined incorrectly (e.g., beltway as "the area inside I-495/95" in Washington, D.C.) or are not unique to an area (e.g., to boot a car is not just a Boston phenomenon). Not recommended.Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Community Coll., Herndon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395780329
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/7/1997
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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