Informal English: Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America (Paperback)
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Informal English: Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America (Paperback)

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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.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780743254939
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 247 g
Dimensions: 214 x 140 x 18 mm

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