Informal English

Informal English

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

Book - 2005
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even the most hard-boiled curmudgeon."--BOOK JACKET.
"Gleaned from antiquated dictionaries, dialect glossaries, studies of folklore, nautical lexicons, historical writings, letters, novels, and miscellaneous sources, Informal English offers a treasure trove of linguistic oddities that will not only entertain but also shed light on America's colloquial past. 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
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005
ISBN: 0743254937
Branch Call Number: 427.97303 KAC
Characteristics: xiv, 239 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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