Yankee Talk: A Dictionary of New England Expressions

Yankee Talk: A Dictionary of New England Expressions

by Robert Hendrickson
     
 
A host of colorful, sometimes outlandish expressions, anecdotes, pronunciations, idioms, and catchwords of New England have been collected in one entertaining guide. Yankee Talk examines the expressions of seafarers, Native Americans, legislators, hunters, and poets. There are thousands of wards and phrases, both historical and contemporary, excerpted from literature,

Overview

A host of colorful, sometimes outlandish expressions, anecdotes, pronunciations, idioms, and catchwords of New England have been collected in one entertaining guide. Yankee Talk examines the expressions of seafarers, Native Americans, legislators, hunters, and poets. There are thousands of wards and phrases, both historical and contemporary, excerpted from literature, legend, newspapers, and works on New England. Each expression is expertly defined and explored with emphasis on pronunciation, usage, historical and literary references, variations, etymology, and locale of use.

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The third of five volumes in the series defines 3,500 words and phrases from as far afield as Bar Harbor, Groton, and Marblehead. Some entries include a discussion of literary or historical sources<-- >from Edith Wharton to Stephen King, from Captain John Smith, who coined the name "New England" in 1616, to novelist Mark Helprin, who notes that some Irish Bostonians have "a dialect strong enough to make the planet green." Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816021116
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Series:
Dictionary of Regional Expressions Ser. , #3
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.93(d)

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