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The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang Paperback – April 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0195304473 ISBN-10: 0195304470

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195304470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195304473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining and informed lexicon of 600 words and phrases describing both current and past political activities and the politicos who made them happen...a most useful state-of-the-slang compendium."--Library Journal

"A handy phrase-book to help us understand the yammering of the Beltway's chatterati."--Wall Street Journal

"Those seriously concerned with the vitality of our wonky Beltway blather may want to skip the next agriculture-subsidy roundtable to train their bifocals on "Hatchet Jobs and Hardball".... There, with some imagination, you can freshen your lexicon with some forgotten or fairly obscure, but nevertheless serviceable, bits of political argot. Impress your fellow sheeple!"--Tom Kuntz, The New York Times

"Word lovers and miners for old terms of art that deserve new life will find delight here.... The book has a short introduction by James Carville and Mary Matalin. And in addition to nearly 300 pages of citations, Mr. Barrett includes eight brief essays, one of them on '-gate' coinages (Does anybody remember what 'clamgate' or 'waste-watergate' referred to?)."--Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Grant Barrett is the project editor of the Historical Dictionary of American Slang and a lexicographer in Oxford University Press's U.S. Dictionaries program. He lives in New York City.

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I am an American lexicographer and editor of The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English (May 2006, McGraw-Hill) and the online, award-winning Double-Tongued Dictionary. I am also co-host of the language-related public radio show A Way With Words, broadcast nationwide via radio, streaming, and podcast. I also serve as vice president for communications and technology for the American Dialect Society, an academic organization that has been devoted to the study of English in North America for more than 118 years. Formerly, I worked as lexicographer for Oxford University Press in New York City, for which I served as project editor of the Historical Dictionary of American Slang and edited the Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang (2004). I am currently part of a team working on a series of bilingual learner's dictionaries for Cengage (formerly Thomson Heinle) using Collins content and brand, I continue ongoing work with Cambridge University press for their Cambridge Dictionary of American English and Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary, I will soon begin a project with Oxford University Press for their joint US-UK dictionary database (as well as contributing slang entries to their next version of the New Oxford American Dictionary). On occasion, I contribute to the journal American Speech and write for newspapers such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Malaysian Star.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Kaars Sijpesteijn on May 1, 2013
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Very useful for foreigners like myself to get immersed in US politics. Is exactly what the cover says: a dictionary with political slang (carpetbaggers, lame duck...) and their origins.
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