Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms
  • Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms
  • Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms

Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms

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by Paul Dickson
     
 

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Whether you want to be privy to the inside banter of the boardroom, backroom or the Washington Beltway, Slang is an indispensable resource, and a lot of fun.See more details below

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Whether you want to be privy to the inside banter of the boardroom, backroom or the Washington Beltway, Slang is an indispensable resource, and a lot of fun.

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Library Journal
Dickson is the author of numerous well-received one-man lexical works written in a very accessible style, among them War Slang and The Congress Dictionary. His third edition of Slang both an update and a revision of the earlier editions (1990 and 1998) includes 30 topics, such as "Bureaucratese" and "Real Estate," and more than 10,000 words. Some topics from earlier editions have been dropped (e.g., "Pentagonese," "Countercultural Slang"), others have undergone minor title changes, while nine are new topics altogether (e.g., "Hip-hop," "Net-speak"). The topical arrangement is unique among dictionaries of American slang, and the published edition will include an index (which wasn't included in the advanced reading copy seen by this reviewer). Bottom Line Dickson does a better job here of providing the sources he used to compile the entries in his own book, and he gives more information on origins than in previous editions, but this is neither an etymological dictionary nor the sort of cultural commentary one finds in books like Leslie Savan's Slam Dunks and No-Brainers (Knopf, 2005). Jonathan Green's Dictionary of Contemporary Slang (Macmillan, 1984) also tries to catch the current scene, but it is now more than 20 years old, which is ancient so far as slang is concerned. Dickson's is a useful addition to any reference collection and will complement rather than replace his earlier editions. Peter Dollard, Mt. Pleasant, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

 "With focus, a passion for language, and a word-class ear, Dickson has produced brilliant chapter after brilliant chapter, any one of which would be a lifetime achievement for most lexicographers."—Tom Dalzell, Senior Editor The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English and author of Flappers 2 Rappers--American Youth Slang and The Slang of Sin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802718495
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,129,678
File size:
2 MB

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