Wicked Good Words: From Johnnycakes To Jug Handles, A Roundup Of America's Regionalisms by Mim HarrisonWicked Good Words: From Johnnycakes To Jug Handles, A Roundup Of America's Regionalisms by Mim Harrison

Wicked Good Words: From Johnnycakes To Jug Handles, A Roundup Of America's Regionalisms

byMim Harrison

Paperback | August 2, 2011

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How to sound like you're from here, no matter where you are in America

"Simultaneously full of witty asides and linguistic erudition, Wicked Good Words is one of those rare books that you will read too fast and will find yourself wishing you could read for the first time all over again."
-Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED

"As someone who grew up in the land of wicked pissa Sox games, what a delight it was to read about alligator pears, sundogs, piggling, sad cakes, doodinkus, jacklegs, and so many other American regionalisms."
-David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue

Wicked Good Words is a collection of words and phrases from places across the United States. Organized by region and peppered with engaging sidebars, it's a uniquely American road trip. You'll discover:

*In Ohio, that titillating talk about a four-way is all about a type of chili.
*When you rush the growler in Appalachia, you're filling your lunch pail with beer.
*A frog strangler in the South will send you running for cover: it's a heavy rain.
*In Louisiana and Texas, someone caught pirooting is nosing around.
*In the Northwest, something that's spendy is too expensive.
*A skeeter hawk, darning needle, snake feeder, spindle, ear sewer, needle, snake doctor, and stinger all refer to the same thing: a mosquito, depending on where you get attacked.
Mim Harrison is an award-winning commercial writer. She is also the author of three books on language: Wicked Good Words, Smart Words, and Words at Work. In addition, Mim is the founding editor of Levenger Press, a specialty publisher that has celebrated some of the famous words of Winston Churchill, Samuel Johnson, and Henry David Tho...
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Title:Wicked Good Words: From Johnnycakes To Jug Handles, A Roundup Of America's RegionalismsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 4.5 × 0.55 inPublished:August 2, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399536760

ISBN - 13:9780399536762

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"[A] breezy cultural road trip through American regionalisms... lively, enlightening and witty." — AmericanProfile"A fascinating survey of idioms." — St. Petersburg Times"Simultaneously full of witty asides and linguistic erudition, Wicked Good Words is one of those rare books that you will read too fast and will find yourself wishing you could read for the first time all over again." — Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED"As someone who grew up in the land of wicked pissa Sox games, what a delight it was to read about alligator pears, sundogs, piggling, sad cakes, doodinkus, jacklegs, and so many other American regionalisms." — David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue