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Adventures of a verbivore
Lederer, Richard
Adult Nonfiction PE1571.L43 1994

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Prolific wordsmith Lederer's latest gathering of essays and columns--some new, some culled from Writer's Digest , Verbatim , etc.--is a word-lover's delight. It includes several personal pieces, like one about his encounter with Black English while teaching in an inner-city Philadelphia school, or one describing his son's career as a poker player, which leads to a discussion of discard , bottom dollar and other terms derived from card playing. Lederer samples the ``oys and joys'' of Yiddish, compiles a lexicon of prep-school slang ( Bag the za for cancel the pizza ) and demystifies Britspeak ( way out means exit ). He tosses off outrageous puns, navigates treacherous shoals of grammar and usage, explores regional U.S. dialects, poses word puzzles, ponders palindromic names and shows how the mass media have become a ``tower of babel'' generating new idioms and catchphrases. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Another linguistic treat follows up best seller Crazy English (Pocket Bks., 1989). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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