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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...


The Slangman Guide to Street Speak 1: The Complete Course in American Slang & Idioms

1891888080


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Book Description
Have fun and learn "real" American conversational English! Our books contain the most common slang and idioms used every day by Americans. Look at this example: English taught in schools: "I dislike this. It is very difficult." Real American English: "What a pain!" Both of them mean the same thing, but "Real English" is the way Americans speak. With our books, you will learn American English conversation using slang and idioms naturally through dialogues, pictures, quizzes, games, etc. You'll be talking like a native "in no time" (very quickly)! This book is full of slang and idioms used every day by Americans - and it is very easy to use. You will be more confidant and have fun using English. This book includes expressions dealing with: Parties, Shopping, Movies, the Airport, Restaurants, Health, and more. ...


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 Lingo: Listening to Australian English

0868406805


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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.


The Slang Dictionary; or, The Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and 'Fast' Expressions of High and Low Society : Many with their etymology, and a few with their history traced

1402147619


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Book Description
This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1869 edition by John Camden Hotten, London.


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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Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde : An Insider's Guide to Film Slang
Dave Knox
1400097592
August 23, 2005
Paperback
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Review
“What a lively and entertaining guide to movie lingo! I learned a lot of terms I never knew before . . . but then, I’ve never killed a blonde, either.” —Leonard Maltin, film critic and author of the New York Times bestselling Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guides

“Now you can sound like you know what you’re talking about—even when you don’t. In other words, you’re ready to work in the movies.” —David Duchovny, actor and director (X-Files, House of D)

“You too can speak ‘film-ese.’ Thanks to Dave Knox, what was once ‘insider information’ is now available to all who want to speak the lingo of the film industry. It fits nicely on the shelf between my Oxford Dictionary and Roget’s...


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


Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo and Related Matters
Richard A. Spears
0451203712
July 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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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 Slangman Guide to Street Speak 2
David Burke
1891888064
September 1, 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Have fun and learn "real" American conversational English! Our books contain the most common slang and idioms used every day by Americans. Look at this example: English taught in schools: "Please stop doing that, I do not like it." Real American English: "Cut it out!" Both of them mean the same thing, but "Real American English" is the way Americans speak. With our books, you will learn American English conversation using slang and idioms naturally through dialogues, pictures, quizzes, games, etc. You'll be talking like a native "in no time" (very quickly)! Expensive classes won't teach you the "real" English conversation spoken by Americans. With our Slangman books, you will learn popular slang and idioms spoken by every American through entertaining dialogues, activities, and games. Learn as few or as many words...


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 Big Book of Filth: 6500 Sex Slang Words and Phrases
Jonathon Green
0304363871
March 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...


Streetwise Spanish : Speak and Understand Everyday Spanish
Brenda Wegmann, Mary McVey Gill
0844272817
September 11, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Intermediate through advanced Streetwise Spanish presents the colloquial and slang expressions that students need and want to know but usually do not learn in their Spanish classes. The 15 chapters contain short dialogues, translations of the dialogues, explanations of the colloquial and slang expressions, authentic jokes, cartoons from Spanish publications, and exercises. Note: This text includes "earthy" and vulgar expressions! Each dialogue presents universal Spanish idioms and also includes slang from a particular country or city that is identified in the introductory line of the dialogue. Alternate forms used in other areas are explained in the vocabulary notes.

Language Notes
Text: English, Spanish


Guide to Getting It On! Includes Dating, Kissing, Love, Sex, Romance, Marriage, Oral Sex, Fellatio, Cunnilingus, Intercourse, Orgasms, Masturbation, Cybersex, the Prostate, Anal Sex, Premature Ejaculation & Slang
Paul Joannides
1885535678
April 2004
Paperback
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Cosmopolitan Magazine, UK, June, 1 2004
In our vast library of sex books, this is by far the most human, enlightening, entertaining read of the lot.

Violet Blue, best-selling sex book author and sex educator, June 1, 2004
The most comprehensive sex guide in the world. I can recommend it to pretty much everyone who owns genitals....

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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


Drek: The Real Yiddish Your Bubbe Never Taught You
Yetta Emmes
0452278996
December 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
One doesn't have to be Jewish to recognize the words that have made their way into every fold of popular language: Chutzpah, Mensch, Tokhes, Mishmash, Nudge, Shtick, Schmaltzy, Schlep, Icky, and so on. Then there are phrases whose meaning and syntax are borrowed from Yiddish: "bite your tongue", "drop dead", "enough already", and "excuse the expression". This hilarious, concise guide includes chapters on the Basic Descriptions of People (the good, the bad, the ugly, and the goofy), the Fine Art of Cursing, Juicy Words and Phrases, Exclamations and Exasperations, and the Fine Art of Blessing.


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.


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...


English as a Second Fcking Language : How to Swear Effectively, Explained in Detail with Numerous Examples Taken From Everyday Life
Sterling Johnson
031214329X
June 15, 1996
Paperback
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Review
"Great f*cking book!" --Stephen King


Dictionary of Italian Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Daniela Gobetti
0764104322
February 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Textbook knowledge of a language will only take you so far. Most languages have a large amount of slang utilized by those who are native-speaking. Here is a volume that lists approximately 4,500 common slang words and colloquial expressions. Entries include grammatical information, the definition in English, a sentence or phrase to illustrate usage, and an English translation of the example and, where applicable, a corresponding English slang expression. Each entry also identifies the word or phrase by type: student of youth slang, political slang, lieterary slang, and criminal and drug-related slang. Because of the nature of slang, this book might contain certain expressions that some readers might find offensive.

Language Notes
Text: English, Italian


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...


McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Richard A. Spears
0071461078
November 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...


NTC's Dictionary of Everyday American English Expressions
Richard A. Spears, et al
0844257796
January 1995
Paperback
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Book Description

With more than 7,000 up-to-date phrases, this dictionary covers situations from talking to a doctor to ordering a meal, and helps learners communicate personal feelings, and make small talk.

About the Author
Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a reference editor and former linguistics professor who has written more than 30 dictionaries, including NTC's American Idioms Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-0273-8) and NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-5859-8).



101 American English Idioms: Understanding and Speaking English Like an American
Harry Collis, Mario Russo
0844254460
February 9, 1987
Paperback
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Divided by a Common Language : A Guide to British and American English
Christopher Davies
0618002758
September 7, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Puzzled by signs warning you to mind the gap in the London Underground? Wondering what will be on your plate if you order toad in the hole from the menu of a London caf? In Divided by a Common Language, Christopher Davies explains these expressions and discusses the many differences in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary between British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and practical details of daily life in the United Kingdom and the United States, and American readers will enjoy his account of American culture as seen through an Englishman's eyes. Davies tops it off with an amusing list of expressions that sound innocent enough in one country but make quite the opposite impression in the other. Two comprehensive glossaries help travelers translate from one variety of English to the...

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