NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions [NOOK Book]


NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions provides more than 10,000 slang expressions--colorful words and phrases used by subgroups like surfers, hackers, rappers, and brokers. Realistic example sentences--provided for each sense of every entry--show how expressions are used.

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NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions provides more than 10,000 slang expressions--colorful words and phrases used by subgroups like surfers, hackers, rappers, and brokers. Realistic example sentences--provided for each sense of every entry--show how expressions are used.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This compact and well-formatted book features "more than 8500 contemporary slang and informal expressions." With 800 more entries than the previous edition, this third edition includes street slang, popular culture terms, and the telegraphic language peculiar to the Internet. Arranged alphabetically, entries include usage information, slang type or source, and additional information about whether the term is, e.g., objectionable, derogatory, or standard English. The entries for some "difficult or unpredictable" words may include pronunciation information. The alphabetic arrangement is augmented by a phrase-finder index and Go to/See also references. If you don't know the meaning of expressions such as "Baldwin" (a good-looking male), "Vietnik" (someone who opposed the Vietnam War), or "face time" (time spent face to face with someone), this book will explain. Some obvious terms such as "nervous Nellie" (any nervous person), "naw" (no), "what the heck" (it doesn't matter), and "square" (old-fashioned) seem out of place. Wordsmiths may find this resource more useful and entertaining than NTC's American Idioms Dictionary (LJ 5/15/00), also edited by Spears. Readers seeking etymological or historical information may wish to consult more comprehensive slang resources such as The Cassell Dictionary of Slang (LJ 5/1/99), The Oxford Dictionary of Slang (LJ 3/1/99), or Random House Historical Dictionary of Slang (LJ 11/15/97). In general, users will appreciate this work's ease of use and wealth of contemporary American terms. Libraries will want to purchase it for its currency, vibrancy of American language, and affordable price.--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., CharlestonCopyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Contains some 10,000 definitions of terms and expressions likely to be heard in movies, on the streets, on California beaches, on Wall Street, and on college campuses. Entries include definitions and usage examples. Notable among the collegiate expressions in this second edition are numerous new ways to speak about vomiting. Includes a phrase-finder index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071392044
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 1/11/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 837,889
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a reference editor and former linguistics professor who has written more than 30 ESL dictionaries.

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Table of Contents

About This Dictionary
Terms and Symbols
Pronunciation Guide
Phrase-Finder Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000


    This is a must have for all those writers who want a book on slangs and idioms. This book has every idiom and slang you can think of of.

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