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Short cuts : a guide to oaths, ring tones, ransom notes, famous last words, and other forms of minimalist communication

Author: Alexander Humez; Nicholas D Humez; Rob Flynn
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Our everyday lives are inevitably touched--and immeasurably enriched--by an extraordinary variety of miniature forms of verbal communication, from classified ads to street signs, and from yesterday's graffito to tomorrow's headline. Celebrating our long history of compact speech, Short Cuts offers a well-researched and vibrantly written account of this unsung corner of the linguistic world, inspiring a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Dictionaries
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Humez, Alexander.
Short cuts.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009047667
(OCoLC)467925757
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Humez; Nicholas D Humez; Rob Flynn
ISBN: 9780199750757 0199750750 9780195389135 0195389131 1282702793 9781282702790
OCLC Number: 650311589
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 296 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface: A Quick Tour of the Park; 1 In the Eye of the Beholder: What's Your Sign?; 2 In the Dictionary: The Lexicographers Have Spoken; 3 By the Great Crikes!: Oaths Both Sacred and Profane; 4 On or About Your Person: The Talk of the Territories of the Self; 5 On the Lam: The World of Word Crime; 6 In the News: All That's Fit to Print, and Then Some; 7 On the Phone: Your Call Is Important 2 Us; 8 In the Mail: From SVBE to SWAK; 9 In and Out of Trouble: Warnings, Excuses, and Remedial Work; 10 In the End: Last Words; Acknowledgments; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Alexander Humez, Nicholas Humez, Rob Flynn.

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Our everyday lives are inevitably touched--and immeasurably enriched--by an extraordinary variety of miniature forms of verbal communication, from classified ads to street signs, and from yesterday's graffito to tomorrow's headline. Celebrating our long history of compact speech, Short Cuts offers a well-researched and vibrantly written account of this unsung corner of the linguistic world, inspiring a new appreciation of the wondrously varied forms of our briefest exchanges. Alexander Humez, Nicholas Humez, and Rob Flynn shed light here on an ever-growing field of minimalist genres, ranging f.

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It is a facinating book, full of useful information. * Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph *

 
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