Idiom Savant: Slang As It Is Slung

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The colorful and unique lingo of more than seventy American subcultures from animators to zine readers.

Idiom Savant provides an intriguing insight into our language and into American culture as a whole. It is an indispensable aid to writers and as entertaining as the popular trivia books.

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Overview

The colorful and unique lingo of more than seventy American subcultures from animators to zine readers.

Idiom Savant provides an intriguing insight into our language and into American culture as a whole. It is an indispensable aid to writers and as entertaining as the popular trivia books.

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Dictionary lovers will be interested in a book with such a clever title as this one but will be disappointed upon opening it up. Dunn's classification of his entries into about 75 "subcultures" such as funeral directors, surfers, and FBI agents is unique for a slang dictionary. But why caddies and not professors? Why frisbee players and Alaskans but not horseshoe players and Californians? Dunn researched his book "live on the Internet" but quickly discovered that Internet folk had no compunction about giving him "bogus lingo." It's not clear whether he succeeded in screening out the "bogus," nor is it clear that Internet users' lingo is truly representative of their subculture. There are two entries for librarians: juvie and eight o'clock. He's partially right about juvie, but he fails to point out that juvie can be used as an adjective as well as a noun. And this librarian has never heard a patron who approaches the reference desk at closing time referred to as an "eight o'clock." This skimpy book lacks authoritativeness.Peter A. Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805050936
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Dunn is the author of four previous books and a regular contributor to many national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Ojai, California.

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