Slang and Euphemism

Slang and Euphemism

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by Richard A. Spears
     
 
A lexicon of “improper” English

From slang terminology describing various bodily functions and sexual acts, to the centuries-old cant of thieves and prostitutes, to the language of the modern drug culture, here are 14, 500 entries and 32, 000 definitions of all the words and expressions so carefully omitted from standard dictionaries and polite

Overview

A lexicon of “improper” English

From slang terminology describing various bodily functions and sexual acts, to the centuries-old cant of thieves and prostitutes, to the language of the modern drug culture, here are 14, 500 entries and 32, 000 definitions of all the words and expressions so carefully omitted from standard dictionaries and polite conversation. Extensively cross-referenced for easy access, this third abridged edition contains almost 300 new entries and definitions.

So whether you’re a writer seeking to create a more authentic dialogue, a crossword-puzzle addict in search of an obscure eighteenth-century expression, or a reader interested in the more colorful aspects of the English language, you’ll find that a wealth of words awaits you in…

Slang and Euphemism

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451203717
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/10/2001
Series:
Signet Reference Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
505,782
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard A. Spears began collecting words at the age of eight and dictionaries at fourteen. This love of language eventually led to a Ph.D. from Indiana University. An adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University, Mr. Spears also is Director, Dictionary Department NTC Publishing Group. He has written on West African languages and nonstandard English, including pidgins and creolized languages, and has taught courses in slang and unconventional English.

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Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo and Related Matters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mrg73 More than 1 year ago
This is book is pretty good, but it's not all inclusive. There were still many words I had to look up in other sources. There are many more references which need to be in there, but it's still a good book to own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knowing all the words god gave us to use is importrant. I'd like to give it to my mormon grandchildren but it'd make their mom poop in her pants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think it is a gooood book for kids 10 and up wicked sweet
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo, this book be mad ill. Say word! Just let some fool step up to this reference. That's my dawg! I will bust a cap up in that hater's grill-piece, nah mean? Fo shizzle.