American SlangBook - 2008
A new edition of a classic reference guide to American informal language and slang, revised for twenty-first-century word enthusiasts, is updated with more than 1,500 new words and phrases, in a resource that cites term origins as well as definitions. Originally published as The Dictionary of American Slang. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
With 1,500 new words and phrases, this abridged edition of the Dictionary of American Slang is the most buzzworthy, banging collection of colloquial American English—no joke
This fully updated and abridged fourth edition of American Slang contains more than 1,500 new terms representing the variety and vigor of American slang, from "yada yada yada" to "yo momma." There's no better resource for those who are curious about language, fascinated by counterculture, or just completely confused when other people talk.
Like previous editions, this edition features pronunciation guides, word origins, examples of appropriate usage as well as a helpful highlighting system that lets you know which terms should be used with caution, and never in polite company. Both an important archive of the way America is really talking and a lot of fun to read, American Slang will prove to be an invaluable companion in keeping up with the dauntingly jargon-filled, quickly evolving language of today.
This edition has been updated to include over 1,500 new words such as "yada yada yada," "yo momma" and "boinkable." Editor Kipfer, a noted linguist and lexicographer, has taken the reins from the late Chapman, who edited the second and third editions. She includes pronunciation guides, origins, comments on appropriate usage and even a warning about which terms may be considered offensive in mixed company. Appendices include euphemisms for intoxication as well as a guide to common text message abbreviations. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes words and phrases from all of United States history and from such current subcultures as technology and the Internet, the media, recent immigrants, and fashion.