21st Century American English Compendium: A Portable Guide to the Idiosyncrasies, Subtleties, Technical Jargon, and Conventional Wisdom of American English

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Schreiber Pub., 2006 - Reference - 522 pages
This compendium picks up where the common dictionaries leave off. Itprovides a quick reference to the most amazing language in the world -the American language. More than just a reference book containing'Ten Dictionaries in One', this compendium tells the story of AmericanEnglish in an enlightening and entertaining way. It will help you to gaina whole new perspective on and a much deeper understanding of themost popular language in today's world. Now it is in its third revisededition.
 

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Contents

Preface
vii
Acknowledgments
ix
Foreword
xii
Introduction
xiv
Guide to the Use of This Book
xvi
American Spoken Here English Understood
19
Proverbs Slogans and Aphorisms
37
Popular American Expressions
93
German
315
Italian
317
Japanese
319
Spanish
321
Yiddish
324
Common American Legal Terms
327
Common American Medical Terms
355
Business Colloquialisms Slang and Acronyms
409

Proverbial Commentaries
105
Similes and Metaphors Indicating Extremes
119
American Slang and Colloquialisms
127
Animal Kingdom
129
Arts and Entertainment
137
Business and Industry
140
Food Drink Cooking and Culinary Arts
143
Games and Sports
150
Human Body The
154
Legal Law Enforcement and Crime
165
Medicine
167
Military
168
Senses and Feelings
171
Transportation
172
British vs American English and Vice Versa
175
BritishAmerican
178
Automotive Aircraft and Transportation
226
AmericanBritish
231
Worldwide English
291
Australian and New Zealand English
292
Indian English
296
Irish English
297
Scottish English
301
South African English
302
Foreign Words and Phrases Frequently Used in English
305
Latin
307
French
311
Acronyms Abbreviations and Initialisms
419
Acronyms General
421
Abbreviations and Initialisms
426
Medical Science and Math
427
Weights and Measures
428
Geography
430
Businesses and Organizations
431
Commerce and Education
433
Grammar Literature and Writing
435
General Use
436
Acronyms Abbreviations and Initialisms in the Computer Internet and Communications Industries
439
From Where Do You Hail?
451
For the Symbol Minded
465
Currencies of the World
473
International Measurements
477
The Birds and the Trees
481
Animal Kingdom Terminology
482
Flowers
490
Birds
493
Fish
496
Trees
499
Color Commentaries
501
Postscript
502
Bibliography
503
Index
510
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