Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America
By (author) Jeffrey Kacirk
Normal Price: $33.36
Your Price: $30.02 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.34! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.50 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 8-11 days
Informal English by Jeffrey Kacirk
Book DescriptionGleaned from antiquated dictionaries, dialect glossaries, studies of folklore, nautical lexicons, historical writings, letters, novels, and miscellaneous sources, Informal English offers a captivating treasure trove of linguistic oddities that will not only entertain but also shed light on America's colloquial past. Among the gems are: *Surface-coal: cow dung, widely used for fuel in Texas *Bone-orchard: in the Southwest slang for a cemetery *Chawswizzled: "confounded" in Nebraskan idiom. "I'll be chawswizzled!" *Leather-ears: to Cape Cod inhabitants, a person of slow comprehension *Puncture lady: a southwestern expression for a woman who prefers to sit on the sidelines at a dance and gossip rather than dance, often puncturing someone's reputation Whether the entries are unexpected twists on familiar-sounding expressions or based on curious old customs, this wide-ranging assortment of vernacular Americanisms will amaze and amuse even the most hard-boiled curmudgeon.
Buy Informal English book by Jeffrey Kacirk from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780743254939
(214mm x 139mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 23-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey Kacirk
Word Museum, Paperback (September 2000)
A witty and whimsical A to Z gallery of entertaining vintage expressions from the English language.
Forgotten English, Paperback (February 1999)» View all books by Jeffrey Kacirk
A humorous guide to antiquated words, with history, literary excerpts and drawings. The author includes excerpts from Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson et al. A social history of centuries past seen through the lens of language.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Informal English book by Jeffrey Kacirk and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Jeffrey Kacirk
Jeffrey Kacirk is the author of Forgotten English, The Word Museum, and Altered English, as well as a daily calendar based on Forgotten English. He can be found on the web at www.forgottenenglish.com and lives in Marin County, California.
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-2pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687