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Verbatim : from the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists

Author: Erin McKean
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 2001. ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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An overview of the uses and abuses of the English language from the pages of Verbatim magazine features contributions by Richard Lederer, Jesse Sheidlower, and Joe Queenan on everything from the use of language in the Bible to the components of a Britishsoccer chant.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erin McKean
ISBN: 015601209X 9780156012096
OCLC Number: 46884149
Notes: "A Harvest original."
Description: xvi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: An intolerant view of intolerance / Laurence Urdang --
Intolerable intolerance, redux / Erin McKean --
Noun overuse phenomenon article / Bruce D. Price --
Pleonasties / Harold J. Ellner --
Unraveling the American place-name cover / Frank R. Abate --
Unofficial sectional city names / Frederic G. Cassidy --
New blood in the namestream / John Tittensor --
Onomastica nervosa / Laurence Urdang --
Sussex speak / Bel Bailey --
Socko names / George W. Turner --
Galling gallicisms of Quebec English / Howard Richler --
English as she is spoke / Michael Gorman --
Sexual intercourse in American college dictionaries / Sidney I. Landau --
How big is your dictionary? / Robert Ilson --
Eccentricity in English lexicography / Elmer Suderman --
The seating of Zotz / Walter C. Kidney --
Self-referring words / Alexander J. Pollock --
Nullspeak: a question of rotating strawberry madonnas / Steve Bonner --
Polysemania, semantic taint, and related conditions / John Ellison Kahn --
Tosspots and wraprascals / Andrew E. Norman --
Quasi malediction: the case of linguistic malentendu / D.G. Kehl --
Lingua collegiensis circa 1850 / Charles Lafayette Todd --
Slayer slang / Michael Adams --
Of eating rubber and sno-cones / Gerald Eskenazi --
Fanguage / Greg Costikyan --
Winking words / Philip Michael Cohen --
Clown talk / Thomas H. Middleton --
Mantic mania / Robert Devereux --
Identity and language in the SM scene / M.A. Buchanan --
Instant Welsh / Michael Vercambre --
Neve ask a Uruguayan waitress for a little box: she might apply her foot to your eyelet / John R. Cassidy --
From Za-za to San-san: the climate of Japanese Onomatopoeia / David Galef --
Hocus pocus / William Brashear --
Our playful vocabulary / Burt Hochberg --
On again, off again, Finnigan / J. Walter Wilson --
"My name is Hanes" / Gerald Cohen --
On blue moons, and others / Nick Humez --
The Twenty-third Psalm and me, or Has the nightingale become a crow? / Grace Hollander --
The "wicked" Bibles, or Let him who is without sin among you cast the first line of type / Ray Russell --
Red pants / Robert M. Sebastian --
British football chants / Pete May --
Learn to spike lunars / Robert Archibald Ford --
The world according to student bloopers / Richard Lederer --
When everything was everything / Joe Queenan --
Irish bulls in sundry China shops / Robert A. Fowkes --
Needless to say / Peter Sypnowich --
Wordplay / Gary Egan --
A quick fox jumps over the Cwm Fjord-Bank Glyph Biz / Russell Slocum --
The cryptic toolbox / Harry Cohen --
Defile your records! / Laurence Urdang --
Review of the mammoth book of word games / Willard Epsy --
Pairing pairs / Laurence Urdang --
Meretricious words, or the Quean's English / Bryan Garner --
Thunderboxes and chuggies / Daniel Balado-Lopez --
Assing around / Jessy Randall and Wendy Woloson --
Deciphering the four-letter word in a medieval manuscript's satire on friars / Carter Revard --
The ineffable f---r-letter word / Benedict B. Kimmelman --
Revising the f-word / Jesse Sheidlower
Responsibility: edited by Erin McKean.
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An overview of the uses and abuses of the English language from the pages of Verbatim magazine features contributions by Richard Lederer, Jesse Sheidlower, and Joe Queenan on everything from the use of language in the Bible to the components of a Britishsoccer chant.

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