Wicked Good Words

Wicked Good Words

From Johnnycakes to Jug Handles, a Roundup of America’s Regionalisms

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780399536762
  • 208 Pages
  • TarcherPerigee
  • Adult

Overview

How to sound like you’re from here, no matter where you are in America

“Simultaneously 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.”
-Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED

“As 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.”
-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.

Praise

"[A] breezy cultural road trip through American regionalisms… lively, enlightening and witty." — AmericanProfile

"A fascinating survey of idioms." — St. Petersburg Times

"Simultaneously 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." — Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED

"As 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." — David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue
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