Wicked Good Words

Wicked Good Words

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How to sound like you're from here, no matter where you are in America qSimultaneously full of witty asides and linguistic erudition, Wicked Good Words is one of those rare books that you will read too fast and will find yourself wishing you could read for the first time all over again.q -Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED qAs someone who grew up in the land of wicked pissa Sox games, what a delight it was to read about alligator pears, sundogs, piggling, sad cakes, doodinkus, jacklegs, and so many other American regionalisms.q -David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue Wicked Good Words is a collection of words and phrases from places across the United States. Organized by region and peppered with engaging sidebars, it's a uniquely American road trip. You'll discover: *In Ohio, that titillating talk about a four-way is all about a type of chili. *When you rush the growler in Appalachia, you're filling your lunch pail with beer. *A frog strangler in the South will send you running for cover: it's a heavy rain. *In Louisiana and Texas, someone caught pirooting is nosing around. *In the Northwest, something that's spendy is too expensive. *A skeeter hawk, darning needle, snake feeder, spindle, ear sewer, needle, snake doctor, and stinger all refer to the same thing: a mosquito, depending on where you get attacked.The last batch of maple syrup youa#39;re apt to get for the season. Maple sap is collected for syrup in the very early spring, before the frogs appear. A comparable expression is bud run of the sap, meaning the trees are in bloom so spring is in fullanbsp;...

Title:Wicked Good Words
Author: Mim Harrison
Publisher:Penguin - 2011-08-02

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