The Insult Dictionary: History's Best Slights, Street Talk, and Slang [NOOK Book]

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Do you long for the days when a jerk was a “cad”? Want to tell that “swillbelly” to clean up his table manners and that grumbling “glump” to stop whining? Would you like a way of saying simpleton that’s not quite so simple—“ninnyhammer,” perhaps?

All this nastiness and more can be found in the pages of this fun reference book. With insults ranging from Roman times (lutum lenonium = filthy pimp) and Shakespearean snipes (I’m talking to you, you...
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The Insult Dictionary: History's Best Slights, Street Talk, and Slang

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Overview

Do you long for the days when a jerk was a “cad”? Want to tell that “swillbelly” to clean up his table manners and that grumbling “glump” to stop whining? Would you like a way of saying simpleton that’s not quite so simple—“ninnyhammer,” perhaps?

All this nastiness and more can be found in the pages of this fun reference book. With insults ranging from Roman times (lutum lenonium = filthy pimp) and Shakespearean snipes (I’m talking to you, you knotty-pated fool) to salty pirate-speak and Wild West zingers, you’re sure to find an insult for everyone, be they a helminth (a parasite in Ancient Greece) or a swinge-buckler (an Elizabethan braggart).

Chapters are organized chronologically by historical period—Ancient Attacks, Medieval Madness, Edgy Elizabethans, Victorian Venom, Jazz Age Jibes, and Cold War Cuts—and include themed sidebars focusing on Pirate Put-Downs, Hobo Huffs, and Cowboy Curses, as well as samplers for words with many different sayings per period. Fun, a little bit lewd, and incredibly informative this is a must-read for humor fans, history buffs, armchair etymologists, and the most sneaping of breedbates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621450672
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,151,468
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Julie Tibbott is an editor in New York City. What she is not is a riggish, hag-seed, canker blossom.
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  • Posted May 20, 2013

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    THE INSULT DICTIONARY:History's Best Slights, Street Talk, and S

    THE INSULT DICTIONARY:History's Best Slights, Street Talk, and Slang by Julie Tibbott is an interesting non-fiction/Dictionaries & Thesauruses/Slang & Idioms.Filled with slang,street talk,and much more information. From the Ancient Greeks,to modern talk,and everything in between including the origin of phrases and sayings . What an intriguing book,filled with a ton of information and slang. You will not want to miss this interesting book. A wonderful addition to your reading library. So the next time you want to know where a slang word come from,be sure to pick up "The Insult Dictionary",you will not regret it. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: NONE(NON-FICTION)

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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