McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions: The Most Up-to-Date Reference for the Nonstandard Usage, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms of Contempos (McGraw-Hill ESL References)
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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 standard terms--such as Angry, Drunk, Food, Good-bye, Mess-up, Money, and Stupidity--and a Hidden Word Index that lets you identify and locate even partially remembered expressions and phrases.
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- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.37" h x 1.06" w x 6.06" l, 1.80 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 576 pages
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.
Most helpful customer reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
Meh. It could be 100 pages shorter.
By D. Lucas
Not impressed with this book. I bought it to help me write, but a lot of the expressions are not well sourced and many are so... British that it doesn't make sense to call it American slang.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
By K. Rowe
I got this book because I write novels with characters just like you and me. So we don't all talk like dictionaries, so I wanted to find a dictionary they talked like- and this one was rather helpful (and highly amusing reading!!!) My friend is an English teacher and even she thought it was pretty neat.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Incredible useful book
By Noa Suárez Garcia
I have found this book really interesting and useful.
Either if you are learning english or you want to update yourself and understad many films, this book is a must for you.
It is very complete and easy going.
I highly recommend you to buy it.