Yankee Talk : A Dictionary of New England Expressions

Yankee Talk : A Dictionary of New England Expressions

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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,…  See more details below

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780785815556
Publisher:
Booksales
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.13(d)

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Yankee Talk : A Dictionary of New England Expressions 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work is full of inaccuracies. It seems that the author thinks that any colorful expression used by a Stephen King character is an authentic New England expression, rather than creative fiction. Relying heavily on a very few sources (much like a second-rate term paper), and full of ordinary words used world-wide (but labeled here as New Englandisms), perhaps the best example is the definition of 'granite state.' The author explains the origin of this epithet for Vermont. The problem is that the expression is NEVER used for Vermont; it means New Hampshire. One gets the impression that the author has never been to New England, and has never heard authentic Yankee Talk. The book is not recommended.