Informal English by Jeffrey Kacirk
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Informal English
By Jeffrey Kacirk

Informal English

Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America

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Informal English by Jeffrey Kacirk

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Gleaned 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 Details

ISBN: 9780743254939
ISBN-10: 0743254937
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 139mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Touchstone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 23-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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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 and lives in Marin County, California.

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