American Slang Dictionary, Fourth Edition

Paperback | July 20, 2006

byRichard Spears

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For the 411 on American slang, this guidebook is the top banana

From "head trip" to "foot in mouth," American Slang Dictionary gives you the complete definitions of thousands of uniquely American words and phrases, ranging from golden oldies such as "catch some rays" and "take the fifth" to more up-to-the-minute coinages like Wall Street's "jonx," the Internet's "ping," and the gangsta's favorite, "shizzle."

Inside you'll find more than 12,000 words and expressions from a wide variety of sources, including gangsta rap, the blogosphere, and the U.S. prison system. In a New York minute, you'll be down with the colloquialisms, vulgarities, and substandard English that make everyday interactions in contemporary American life so colorful.

BSOD or blue screen of death the blue computer screen that appears after a programming or operational error
crunk wild; crazy; out of control
kvetch to complain
left-handed monkey wrench a nonexistent tool
word of mouse a message spread by e-mail

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For the 411 on American slang, this guidebook is the top bananaFrom "head trip" to "foot in mouth," American Slang Dictionary gives you the complete definitions of thousands of uniquely American words and phrases, ranging from golden oldies such as "catch some rays" and "take the fifth" to more up-to-the-minute coinages like Wall Stree...

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For the 411 on American slang, this guidebook is the top bananaFrom "head trip" to "foot in mouth," American Slang Dictionary gives you the complete definitions of thousands of uniquely American words and phrases, ranging from golden oldies such as "catch some rays" and "take the fifth" to more up-to-the-minute coinages like Wall Stree...

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a former reference editor and linguistics professor at Northwestern University. He has written more than 150 dictionaries.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1098 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:July 20, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071461086

ISBN - 13:9780071461085

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Dictionary
Introduction
Terms, Symbols, and Abbreviations
Pronunication Guide
Dictionary
Index of Hidden Key Words
Thematic Index