Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America
By (author) Jeffrey Kacirk
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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.
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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.
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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.
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