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Dictionary of Spanish Slang and Colloquil Expressions
Michael D. Mahler
0764106198
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Travelers with intermediate-level knowledge of Spanish, and language students on intermediate and advanced levels will value this book as a key to getting past the slang barrier and grasping Spanish and its idioms as people actually speak the language. More than 4,000 words or colloquial expressions seldom found in standard bilingual dictionaries are listed alphabetically and defined. A phrase or short sentence is presented in Spanish to give readers a sense of the word or expression as it is used in various contexts, and is followed with an English translation. Because of the nature of the subject matter, books in this series necessarily contain expressions that some readers will find offensive.


Bloom's Bouquet of Imaginary Words
Jeffrey Bloom
1579124518
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In Bloom’s Bouquet, words blossom. You know what a pigeon is, but what is a “pugeon”? An overweight bird, of course. Change one letter of “destination” and you get a place where dirt ends up: “dustination.” If you are late to ballet class, you are “leotardy.” The author of a horror film is a “scareenwriter.”
The 599 new words in Bloom’s Bouquet are organized into such categories as “Plumpkins & Grimlets” (Food and Drink), “Froshbite & Frollicles” (Medicine), and “ Fiberals & Reapublicans (Politics). Fun to browse through and hilarious to share aloud, the imaginary but oh-so-meaningful words in Bloom’s Bouquet are a celebration of the endless elasticity of the English language. This elegant little...


Urban Dictionary: Fularious Street Slang Defined
Aaron Peckham (Compiler)
0740751433
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Urbandictionary.com is a wildly successful site that encourages users to define the world with their own unique terms. In Urban Dictionary, site founder Aaron Peckham culls his more than 170,000 definitions for the funniest, wittiest, and most provocative phrases that define the modern slang scene. Within urbandictionary.com's lively lexicon are: " business provocative-Attire used to provoke sexual attention in the workplace. " compunicate-To chat with someone in the same room via instant messenging service instead of in person. " dandruff-A person who "flakes out" and ditches their friends. " wingman-A guy who takes one for the team by hooking up with a hot girl's ugly friend so his own friend can hook up with the hot girl.Perfect for those who want to pick up some new slang and those who want to...


The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
Christine Ammer
0618249532
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Nothing expresses the vitality, history, and character of a language quite like its idioms. Ask any non-native English speaker to make sense of a phrase such as "beg the question" or "keep your eyes peeled"; they can't do it. Idioms don't translate, which is what makes them such intriguing mirrors of how a culture evolves along with its speech. The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms includes almost 10,000 of these figures of speech, slang phrases, clichés, colloquialisms, and proverbs, from "ace in the hole" to "zoom in on." Each entry defines an idiom, uses it in a sentence, then pinpoints its historical origins when possible. Some idioms, it turns out, preserve words or word uses that have otherwise fallen out of use ("one fell swoop"); others allude to...


The Dictionary of Cliches
James Rodgers
0760725292
April 2001
Hardcover
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From the Inside Flap
"The best kind of reference book--one that amuses as it instructs. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker."
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALERR
IN A NUTSHELL, here's a terrific A TO Z listing of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 common or particularly interesting cliches for everyone who delights in the pleasure of words.From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Slang and Euphemism
Richard A. Spears
0451203712
July 2001
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Here are the most up-to-date curses, insults, ethnic slurs, sexual slang, metaphors, drug talk, street slang, college lingo, cant, colloquialisms, and other outlandish words. You'll find it all in this comprehensive, unabashed, and definitive reference for anyone who "wants a good knowledge of contemporary cussing." (William Safire, The New York Times Magazine)


The American Heritage College Dictionary, with CD-ROM
Editors of The American Heritage Dictionaries (Editor)
0618453008
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Despite the word "college" in the title, The American Heritage College Dictionary is the best choice for anyone who's looking for a substantive desk dictionary but isn't quite ready to commit to the space an unabridged takes. With more than 200,000 definitions and biographical and geographical notes, along with crisp photos, drawings, and diagrams in every margin, The American Heritage College Dictionary packs a lot into its 1664 pages. Under "lock," for example, you'll find both a diagram explaining how your key fits into and opens one, as well as a photo of boats passing through a river lock in Heidelberg, Germany. The actual definition section for "lock" shows 5 uses as a noun and 14 as a verb, followed by the idioms "lock horns" and "lock, stock, and barrel," and an etymological note that the word comes from the Old...


The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
1582343802
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bierce's classic work of satirical wit and Steadman's pointed pen redefine the way we see even the seemingly simplest of terms.

Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to.
Bride, n.: A woman with a great future behind her.
Consult, v: To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.

Ambrose Bierce's "dictionary" of epigrams, essays, verses, and vignettes targets the religious, the romantic, the political, and the economic, in equal measure. The book you need to define both friends and enemies, The Devil's Dictionary is also the perfect gift, showcasing Bierce's razor-sharp wit and Ralph Steadman's incisive pen to their best advantage.


Street Spanish 2
David Burke
047117971X
Apr 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
If a native Spanish-speaker were to say to you, "You’re taking my hair!" (¡Me estás tomando el pelo!), you may not know how to respond…unless, of course, you’ve read David Burke’s newest book on Spanish idioms, Street Spanish 2. Then you’d know that this common expression is equivalent to the American idiom, "You’re pulling my leg!" Street Spanish 2 will lead you through an exciting domain of imaginative and popular Spanish idioms by the use of dialogues, vocabulary lessons, entertaining word drills and games including crossword puzzles, fill-ins, find-a-word charts, and dictations. A comprehensive glossary rounds out this fact- and fun-filled guide.

Language Notes
Text: English, Spanish


The New Oxford American Dictionary
Erin McKean (Editor)
0195170776
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Recently there has been publicity about young lexicographers and their work with major American dictionaries. Erin McKean, 34, is the editor of the second edition of The New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD) and continues the tradition of publishing a well-researched and current source of U.S. English. The first edition, with different editors, was published in 2001. What has changed in four years?Words, of course, have been added and deleted. There are more than 2,000 new entries. Google and weblog are now in, information superhighway is out. The type appears larger, and a line or two has been added to the brief country histories to bring them up to date. Another addition is the useful feature "The Right Word," which discusses synonyms. An example is the entry for...


The Big Book of Filth
Jonathon Green
0304363871
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Visceral, raw, and utterly lewd and rude, these more than 6,500 off-color phrases provide a guided tour of sexual wordscapes. Categories include body parts (men's and women's); states of arousal and frustration; masturbation and orgasm; intercourse in a dazzling variety of positions and occasions; oral sex, kinky sex, gay and bi sex, promiscuity, virginity, prostitution, and many other commercial aspects of sex. The era of safe sex has brought a new, imaginative coinage of terms for contraception, venereal disease, and AIDS. Sources range from the latest street slang and popular music lyrics, to classical literary allusions, fascinating etymologies, and words that rhyme-all perfect for use in homegrown limericks and greeting cards. Bonus: George Carlin's famous 1970s "12 words you can't say on TV," along with their...


The Little Book of Golf Slang: From Fried Eggs to Frog Hairs, Words to Help You Pass as a Golfer
Randy Voorhees
1567314147
November 2000
Hardcover
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Lonely Planet British Phrasebook
Elizabeth Bartsch-Parker
0864424841
Aug 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
'Lighthearted and informative. Amusing...lively...and eminently accessible. A fascinating store of information.'
- JDA Widdowson, Director, The National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, The University of Sheffield take a tour of the dialects of Britain order a pimple and blotch (scotch) at the rub-a-dub-dub (pub) and have a rabbit and pork (talk) with the locals slang and colloquial usage avoid embarrassing British - US differences cultural tips, festivals, food and shopping fit in at a football match or follow the cricket Scottish Gaelic and Welsh included


Dictionary of German Slang
Henry Strutz
0764109669
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Travelers with intermediate-level knowledge of German, and language students on intermediate and advanced levels will value this book as a key to getting past the slang barrier and grasping German and its idioms as people actually speak the language. More than 4,000 words or colloquial expressions seldom found in standard bilingual dictionaries are listed alphabetically and defined. A phrase or short sentence is presented in German to give readers a sense of the word or expression as it is used in various contexts, and is followed with an English translation. Because of the nature of the subject matter, books in this series necessarily contain expressions that some readers will find offensive.

Language Notes
Text: English, German


A Dictionary of American Idioms
Brenda Belmonte
0764119826
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
More than 8,000 idiomatic words and phrases specific to American-style English are presented in this updated A-to-Z dictionary, complete with definitions and sample sentences. Especially useful for TOEFL test-takers and other students in America for whom English is a second language, this book explains and clarifies many of the similes and metaphors that newcomers to American English find mystifying. It is also useful to native-born Americans who are sometimes confused by regional colloquialisms encountered in reading or on TV. Idioms undergo constant change in every living language, some of them falling out of use, while new words and phrases become part of the standard vocabulary. This dictionary's new fourth edition takes account of the latest idiomatic changes and provides a solid background to informal American...


Oxford Dictionary of Idioms
Judith Siefring (Editor)
019852711X
November 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Oxford has published a second edition of a title that first appeared as a paperback in 1999. Promotional material declares that there are more than 5,000 definitions of idioms with 350 new idioms and "hundreds of new origin notes." The dictionary has been redesigned and visually improved with a two-column format interspersed with boxes that provide origin of the idioms. The idioms are arranged by keyword with a concise definition and sometimes the origin and an illustrative quotation. An index in which the idioms are grouped by subject--Haste and speed, Jealousy and envy, Poverty, Weather-- has been added. The book has a definite British-English and Australian tone. British spelling is used (checque, favours, labour), and many of the idioms are unique to a particular country. Idioms that were not in the...


NTC's American Idioms Dictionary
Richard A. Spears
0844202746
Aug 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Idioms are figures of speech that can defy literal interpretation and confound both native and non-native speakers of American English. This resource covers 8500 "proverbs, informal phrases and common sayings." Phrases are arranged alphabetically by the first word of the phrase, excluding articles such as a, an, and the. Typical entries provide brief definitions and examples of usage. The phrase finder index links keywords such as "cranny" to phrases such as "every nook and cranny." An appendix (not seen) features irreversible two- or three-word phrases (e.g., fast and furious, not furious and fast). Readers seeking the stories behind inscrutable expressions may choose to consult slang or historical dictionaries instead. Libraries that already own American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms or Random House Historical...


Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
0486275426
May 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Over 1,000 barbed and brilliant definitions by "the American Swift." Congratulations are "the civility of envy," a historian is a "broad-gauged gossip," many more. H. L. Mencken called these "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."


McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Richard A. Spears
0071461078
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
More bling for the buck! The #1 guide to American slang is now bigger, more up-to-date, and easier to use This new edition of McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions offers complete definitions of more than 12,000 slang and informal expressions from various sources, ranging from golden oldies such as . . . golden oldie, to recent coinages like shizzle (gangsta), jonx (Wall Street), and ping (the Internet). Each entry is followed by examples illustrating how an expression is used in everyday conversation and, where necessary, International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciations are given, as well as cautionary notes for crude, inflammatory, or taboo expressions. This edition also features a fascinating introduction on What is Slang?, a Thematic Index that cross-references expressions by...

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