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Most popular Dialect, slang & jargon books

The most popular Dialect, slang & jargon books currently available. Updated weekly.
Bad Words: And What They Say About Us
Snowflake, elite, expert . . . What are today's 'bad words' and what do they say about us, both as individuals and as a society?
Sounds & Furies: The Love-Hate Relationship between Women and Slang
Women as slang creators and users is perhaps the last, and very important, piece of the slang jigsaw. Women in slang is a pretty sorry story, but women and slang is an undiscovered territory, which this book explores, from fishwives and flappers to Mumsnet.
Book of Feckin' Irish Slang that's great craic for cute hoors and bowsies
The almost incomprehensible wit and wonder of Irish slang words. Can you tell your bowsies from your gougers from your gurriers? No? Well, it's time to stop acting the maggot and find out, courtesy of this invaluable reference book that's been donkey's years in the making (only coddin').
Orbs and the Attack of the Hair Spiders
Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation
The newest volume in David Crystal's pentalogy of the English language, focusing on the subtleties of pronunciation
London Taxi Driver Slang
Aal Aboot Geordie
This informative, accessible exploration of Geordie examines the origins of the dialect and its European roots. It includes a glossary of words along with features on Geordie songs, Brown Ale, Border Reivers, Geordie surnames, keelmen and local food. In addition the book examines the two main theories that explain the term Geordie.
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
Get stuck into this authoritative and entertaining dictionary of English idioms. Packed with over 6,000 entries from the whole of the English-speaking world, including figurative expressions, similes, sayings, and proverbs, it really is the bee's knees. Ideal for students, learners, or anyone interested in the English language.
Rude Rhyming Slang
Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
This unique and thoroughly revised collection contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, drawing on the resources of the Oxford Languages team for the most up-to-date research. Lively and compelling, it is filled with favourites - old and new - with a strong emphasis on meanings of proverbs catalogued.
Police Slang
Military Slang
Unfolding Of Language
'Language is mankind's greatest invention - except of course, that it was never invented.' So begins Guy Deutscher's fascinating investigation into the evolution of language.
Through the Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages
"Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguistics... Observer*Does language reflect the culture of a society? A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.
Godzone Dictionary: Of Favourite New Zealand Words and Phrases
This concise A-Z dictionary is a quick and easy reference to understanding the words and phrases that make New Zealand English unique.
Real McCoy and 149 other Eponyms
Encompassing eponyms from medicine, botany, invention, science, fashion, food and literature, this book uncovers the intriguing tales of discovery, mythology, innovation and infamy behind the eponyms we use every day. The perfect addition to any wordsmith's bookshelf.
English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles, Fifth Edition
English Accents and Dialects provides a unique introductory guide to the regional and social varieties of English spoken in the UK and Ireland.
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics
This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.
Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter
Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat: Naval slang and its everyday usage
Luath Scots Language Learner CD
An audio recording to accompany the Luath Scots Language Learner book, which conveys the authentic pronunciation, especially important to readers from outside Scotland.
Introduction To American English
This work explains American English in the context of American life, history, and institutions, while also making comparisons with British English.
Language in the Inner City: Studies in the Black English Vernacular
Language in the Inner City firmly establishes African American Vernacular English not simply as slang but as a well-formed set of rules of pronunciation and grammar capable of conveying complex logic and reasoning and confirms the Black vernacular as a separate and independent dialect of English.
Pidgins, Creoles and Mixed Languages: An Introduction
Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang
Musiqa al-Kalimat: Modern Standard Arabic Through Popular Songs: Intermediate to Advanced
A new approach to learning Modern Standard Arabic through the songs of Fairouz, Kazem al-Saher, and many others
Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English
Historical Dialectology in the Digital Age
Drawing on the resources created by the Institute of Historical Dialectology at the University of Edinburgh this volume illustrates how traditional methods of historical dialectology can benefit from new methods of data-collection to test out theoretical and empirical claims.
It's All Greek: Borrowed Words and their Histories
Did you know that marmalade, pirate, sketch and purse trace their linguistic origins back to the Athens of 500 bce? This book offers a word-by-word look at the influence of Greek on everyday words in English, telling the stories behind their etymological developments.
Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang
Drawing on the unique resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most lively and authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Pocket Scots Dictionary
Provides information on Scots language for the general public and for schools in a compact and user-friendly form.
Dread Talk: The Language of the Rastafari
In Dread Talk Velma Pollard describes the language of Rastafari, tracing its development as an expansion of Jamaican Creole while showing how it is distinct both from Creole and Standard English. She demonstrates that dread talk must be understood in ter
Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars
Lost For Words
From Today programme presenter and national treasure John Humphrys, the bestselling cry in book form for better English and an expose of the political uses and abuses of language.
NTC's Dictionary of Everyday American English Expressions
Containing more than 7,000 phrases, this dictionary covers situations from talking to a doctor to ordering a meal, and helps learners communicate personal feelings, and make small talk.
Scots: The Mither Tongue
Scots: The Mither Tongue is a classic of contemporary Scottish culture and essential reading for those who care about their country's identity in the twenty-first century.
Longman Handy Learners Dictionary of American English New Edition Paper
This handy dictionary is for students who need quick and easy reference to American words and phrases.
Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms Dictionary
Covers more than 14,000 idiomatic forms in American English, exemplified with contextual sentences.
Dirty Korean: Everyday Slang from
A guide that reveals the contemporary colloquial language locals actually speak. It presents cool things to say for various casual situations - shopping, parties, nightclubs, sporting events, and even romance and sex. It includes harsh expressions to convince a local police officer that one's documents are in order.
Chinese Slanguage
Speaking American: A History of English in the United States
Speaking American shows what the English language looked like from various points on the American continent at crucial points in its linguistic history.
Jibber Jabber and Giffle Gaffle: A Collection of Salacious Slang and Popular Profanities Through the Ages
Swear like a sparrow-mouthed snick fadger with the help of this illustrated dictionary of long-lost words and phrases. This crude and quirky volume contains the most amusing vocabulary from the murky Middle English of Chaucer right up to the more eloquent parlances of the early 1900s - essential for all lovers of weird and wonderful wordage!
Indonesian Slang: Colloquial Indonesian at Work
Cekidot, gan!--"Check it out Boss!" Kamu Dodol--"You're a coconut fudge!" (You're slow on the uptake) This book is an informal compendium of Indonesian expressions, including proverbs, slang, quotations and acronyms. The unique aspects of the Indonesian language offer one of the best windows into Indonesian culture. Slang, titles, prove
Language Crisis in the Ryukyus
Long denigrated as dialects of Japanese, the Ryukyuan languages are today recognized as languages in their own right. However, speakers of Ryukyuan languages have suffered from stigmatization, oppressive language policies and domination from outside the Ryukyu Archipelago. As a result, the Ryukyuan languages are now severely endangered.
Syntax of Spoken Arabic: A Comparative Study of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian, and Kuwaiti Dialects
Slang: A Very Short Introduction
What words qualify as slang? Should slang be acknowledged as a language in itself? And what does the digital revolution mean for the future of slang? In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathon Green addresses these questions, considering the etymology, dating, and spelling of the words that have invaded and shaped the English language.
Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia
Dictionary of Contemporary Slang
The fourth edition of a highly acclaimed Dictionary of Contemporary Slang this is the definitive and indispensible guide to the use of slang today
Spanish Slanguage