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Idiom savant : slang as it is slung

Author: Jerry Camarillo Dunn
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Fizzbo, roof rat, gazoonie, wallah, dead presidents, Mr. Ed, sin bin, double Chrissie, choiceamundo. If you aren't familiar with these words, you may be in the dark about what people with specialized interests are saying among themselves. In Idiom Savant, you'll find out. This colorful and altogether unique wordbook gives the slang of such different American groups as bird watchers, prison inmates, lawyers,
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Genre/Form: Controlled vocabularies
Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
Glossaires, vocabulaires, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Camarillo Dunn
ISBN: 0805050949 9780805050943
OCLC Number: 36126309
Description: xix, 296 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Work --
Show business --
Crime and punishment --
Sports and recreation --
Amusements and lifestyles --
A slang miscellany.
Responsibility: Jerry Dunn.

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Fizzbo, roof rat, gazoonie, wallah, dead presidents, Mr. Ed, sin bin, double Chrissie, choiceamundo. If you aren't familiar with these words, you may be in the dark about what people with specialized interests are saying among themselves. In Idiom Savant, you'll find out. This colorful and altogether unique wordbook gives the slang of such different American groups as bird watchers, prison inmates, lawyers, gamblers, magicians, FBI agents, disc jockeys, firefighters, football players, sky divers, journalists, wrestlers, restaurant workers, and dozens of others. The focus of this slang is on wit - from wry to outrageous - on wordplay, and on irreverent and often downright derogatory terms for things and people.

Slang terms band together those who share them and mystify outsiders. In this book, largely researched "live" on the Internet, the slang of all these subcultures has been decoded. Vastly entertaining and informative, it is a gold mine for writers who want their characters to speak authentically and for anyone intrigued by words and interested in our language and culture.

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