- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Revised edition (August 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006088164X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060881641
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe Paperback – August 15, 2006
What do you call a man from Edinburgh? It's not a joke to Paul Dickson. He compiled more than 1,000 names for residents of cities, states, and countries around the world. It's addictive perusal material, but it's also a practical and necessary reference for writers and travelers who wish to avoid marring their texts or insulting their hosts at first salutation. Think of President Kennedy's speech wherein he called himself a jelly doughnut (ein Berliner), or how folks from Indiana fume at any moniker besides Hoosier. In an era of raised hackles, it's nice to have a resource to save you from embarrassing linguistic slips. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A fascinating and useful tour de force.” (Charles Osgood)
“Filled with tantalizing trivia and fascinating facts, this book will be savored by word loveres everywhere.” (Mardy Grothe, author of Viva La Repartee and Oxymoronica)
“Labels for Locals is loaded with surprising, entertaining, and useful tidbits.” (Barbara Wallraff, author of Word Fugitives and Word Court)
“Dickson’s done it again with another book that no classroom or newsroom should be without.” (Grant Barrett, Project Editor Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Oxford University Press)
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The book is easy to peruse and find what you're looking for, and there's an informative introduction by Dickson about some of the obstacles in history of finding names of locals.
I definitely recommend this book!