• Wicked Good Words

Wicked Good Words

Wicked Good Words

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  • Author
    Mim Harrison
  • Publisher
    Penguin
  • Publication date
    02 August 2011

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Wicked Good Words

  • Author

    Mim Harrison

  • Date Published

    02 August 2011

  • Publisher

    Penguin

  • Pages

    208 pages

  • ISBN

    9781101543399

Book Description

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.

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