Informal English

Informal English

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"… (more)

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Publisher: Touchstone (April 05, 2005)

Collection: Touchstone

Parent ISBN: 9780743254939

Page count: 256 pages

File size: 249 KB

Language: English


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