American Slang Dictionary: The Ultimate Reference to Nonstandard Usage, Colloquialisms, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms

American Slang Dictionary: The Ultimate Reference to Nonstandard Usage, Colloquialisms, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms

by Richard A. Spears

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Overview

For the 411 on American slang, this guidebook is the top banana


From "head trip" to "foot in mouth," American Slang Dictionary gives you the complete definitions of thousands of uniquely American words and phrases, ranging from golden oldies such as "catch some rays" and "take the fifth" to more up-to-the-minute coinages like Wall Street's "jonx," the Internet's "ping," and the gangsta's favorite, "shizzle."


Inside you'll find more than 12,000 words and expressions from a wide variety of sources, including gangsta rap, the blogosphere, and the U.S. prison system. In a New York minute, you'll be down with the colloquialisms, vulgarities, and substandard English that make everyday interactions in contemporary American life so colorful.


BSOD or blue screen of death the blue computer screen that appears after a programming or operational error

crunk wild; crazy; out of control

kvetch to complain

left-handed monkey wrench a nonexistent tool

word of mouse a message spread by e-mail

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071461085
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2006
Series: McGraw-Hill ESL References Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 634,810
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a former reference editor and linguistics professor at Northwestern University. He has written more than 150 dictionaries.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Dictionary

Introduction

Terms, Symbols, and Abbreviations

Pronunication Guide

Dictionary

Index of Hidden Key Words

Thematic Index

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