- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 3 Revised edition (July 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451203712
- ISBN-13: 978-0451203717
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Slang and Euphemism, 3rd revised ed. 3 Revised Edition
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About the Author
Richard A. Spears began collecting words at the age of eight and dictionaries at fourteen. This love of language eventually led to a Ph.D. from Indiana University. An adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University, Mr. Spears also is Director, Dictionary Department NTC Publishing Group. He has written on West African languages and nonstandard English, including pidgins and creolized languages, and has taught courses in slang and unconventional English.
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Top customer reviews
I *suppose* this book has some actual use to writers and the like, but for my money, it's worth the investment for laughs alone. Purists may not think this book is "worth it" for any number of reasons. Once you know that this book *is* mainly about humanity's less glorious traits, hopefully you'll be OK with it. (I suppose there aren't a lot of slang or euphemisms for the nobler pursuits like reading a classic novel as there are for bodily functions or drinking to excess.)
This would be a great gift for guys who like to sit around and laugh.
I agree with what one of the other reviewers says. Because this is the abridged edition, some of the cross-references don�t cross-reference (hence the deduction of one star). However, for writers looking for the unusual, Slang and Euphemism is a great source if information. Unfortunately, you might find yourself including something in your dialog that nobody else understands. �Ah, the guy�s a gonif.� - �No way. He might be a bit ishkimmisk, but no way a slommocks.� - �Get out a here, he�s a real gollumpus.�
It probably pays to maintain a good sense of humor when delving into Slang and Euphemism. Taking it too seriously will do your head in. On the other hand, if your partner asks you if you feel like a little light culbutizing exercise, you�ll know how to respond!