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Ask for a pop in Manhattan and you'll probably be punched in the face. The same request for a soda in Chicago, however, will get you Coketm. And if you're going to the gym in New York, take your sneakers, but in Pittsburgh, grab your tennis shoes. Every day new words are born that reflect who we are ...
Ask for a pop in Manhattan and you'll probably be punched in the face. The same request for a soda in Chicago, however, will get you Coketm. And if you're going to the gym in New York, take your sneakers, but in Pittsburgh, grab your tennis shoes. Every day new words are born that reflect who we are and where we live. Now, slang expert Mike Ellis has compiled an authoritative yet highly amusing treasury of slang that has infiltrated every walk of life. Already widely known for his articles in the national press (The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wired magazine) as well as for his hugely popular website, Ellis has a gift for zooming in on the often humorous, ironic, and colorful way that we put our spin on the native tongue. As funny as it is linguistically precise, Slanguage is an up-to-the-minute guide to the changing face of language.
In Slanguage, Mike Ellis explores:
Slang of the past (remember "Sock it to me") Silicon Valley Slang (do you have a programmer's butt) Slang for the foreign traveler
Most slang/regional English books currently available are dictionaries, and they are certainly more encyclopedic and scholarly than lightweight and humorous. Slanguage is both funny and linguistically precise. Slangauge not only covers American slang, but includes slang from all over the world, Silicon Valley slang, golf slang, detective slang, and much more.
Posted October 13, 2000
I do a lot of traveling for work and my wife picked up this book for me as I endlessly wait in airport terminals, on the tarmac or somewhere over the un-friendly skies. I¿ve read it three times already! Each time catching things I missed before. This book is hysterical! As I flip each page, I learn a different phrase or tid-bit of information I never knew before about all sorts of places around the globe. Things you could never know without taking up residence in each region. Even a seasoned traveler like myself was surprised about how little I knew about places like Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver, Columbus, Boston, Nashville, and even Scranton, PA. Places I once only knew or thought of as stopovers between business meetings and my home in Portland, Oregon, I now think of as little worlds of their own, with their own rich traditions and idiosyncrasies. The book even informs you on things you should and should not say in places like Beijing, London, Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Rio and even Nairobi. But the book also goes into gambling slang, golf slang, truck driver slang, day trader slang, military slang, ER slang, and even teenager slang (which will come in handy when my daughter becomes one next year). This book is a riot! You won¿t have to be a world traveler like me to appreciate this book. You just have to be curious about the world around you and enjoy the subtle differences that make all of us interesting, wonderful and special. I don¿t know how the author documented all this, but kudos. What a fun and educational read! Highly recommend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.