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Slang : the people's poetry

Author: Michael Adams
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Adams covers this perennially interesting subject in a serious but highly engaging way, illuminating the fundamental question of what is slang and defending slang--and all forms of nonstandard English--as integral parts of the American language. He reveals that slang is used in part to define groups, distinguishing those who are "down with it" from those who are "out of it." Slang is also a rebellion against the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Adams, Michael, 1961-
Slang.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)682164574
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Adams
ISBN: 9780195314632 0195314638
OCLC Number: 233798803
Description: xv, 238 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: "What it is?" : the essentials of slang --
Fitting in : the social dynamics of slang --
Standing out : aesthetic dimensions of slang --
It's all in your head : cognitive aspects of slang.
Other Titles: People's poetry
Responsibility: Michael Adams.
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A passionate defense of slang, jargon, argot, and other forms of nonstandard English, this marvelous volume is full of amusing and even astonishing examples of all sorts of slang.  Read more...

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"Adams' theories are brilliant, and he draws on a startlingly diverse universe to illustrate his points, leaping without apparent effort from Chaucer to stamp collectors; from snowboarders to UPS Read more...

 
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