The Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms: Local Expressions from Coast to Coast

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This fascinating resource covers colorful and ordinary expressions spoken in several geographical regions, samples from the dialects spoken by Hawaiian and Pennsylvania Dutch people, and brief information about the dialects Bawlamerese, Bonac, Conch, Gullah, and Boont. A typical section includes a general discussion of the regional language or dialect (etymology, pronunciation, and grammatical variations) followed by alphabetized words and phrases briefly defined. Examples include the Yankee "greasy luck" (good luck), the Eastern mountain's "since the hogs ate my brother up" (a long time ago), and the Southern Lowland's "put the rug" (to die). Phonetically spelled phrases such as "fuhgeddaboutit" (forget about it) predominate in the section devoted to New York City expressions, and local terms common to Western states include "puzzly-gutted" (potbellied). "Lab" (bathroom) and "make soft" (be careful) are examples of Da Kine, a hybrid language spoken in Hawaii. Readers familiar with the earlier five-volume edition of this work will appreciate the convenience of having a single volume with a comprehensive index (not seen by the reviewer). Libraries that already own slang and usage works such as NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions (LJ 6/15/00) or Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (LJ 8/00) will want to purchase this book.--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816041565
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Dictionary of Regional Expressions Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 1.78 (d)

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