From Albuquerque to Melbourne to Zanzibar, a lively tour of English usage around the world
Is "What's up, Doc?" an appropriate response to a Scot who asks if you're wabbit?
Is it logical to assume that a cowhand has been dipping into the loco weed when he tells you he's six feet above snakes?
If an Australian gives you heaps, should you thank him, laugh, get angry, or see a doctor?
With World English, you'll never be in the dark about the meanings of these and thousands of other English words and phrases. Featuring complete definitions of almost 3,000 English terms from around the world, World English is an endless source of insight, inspiration, and fun for writers, word mavens, international business people, students, and sophisticated travelers alike.
The only A-to-Z reference to English usage around the world
* Features almost 3,000 English words and phrases
* Entries include concise definitions, regions of origin, cross-cultural synonyms, and notes on etymology
"We have adopted as words Bartlett's and Webster's; maybe someday, we'll have Hendrickson's as a generic term."-Library Journal, from a review of Human Words
Baker & Taylor
An A-to-Z reference to the English vocabulary in all its flavors and forms contains thousands of terms and phrases from every English-speaking region, including the U.K., the United States, Canada, Australia, India, the Philippines, the Caribbean, and Africa.
As we might expect, the states of having sex or being drunk consume a large portion of the slang terms compiled in this collection from the English usage practiced in America, Britain, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica and (to a lesser degree) Bahamia, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. Hendrickson (author of American regional dictionary and other works) provides examples of phrases where the words are used and anecdotes to explain the more unusual phrases. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
World English contains almost 3,000 words and phrases culled from fifty regional variations on the English-language theme. Each entry includes a concise definition and the term's region of origin, and many offer an example sentence showing how the word is used. In many cases, entries are enlivened by amusing and enlightening anecdotes and fun facts relating to a term's history and varying uses that frequently provide fascinating insights into the culture from which it arose.
In addition to offering entries from countries or regions where English is the first language - including the British Isles, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand - World English features words from countries where English is one of several official languages, such as India, South Africa, and Malaysia. You'll also find dozens of examples of English words and phrases that have made their way into non-English-speaking countries, sometimes with a surprising twist in meaning, such as the French un slow (an American-style blues song), the Italian lo slip (men's underwear), and the Japanese stand play (to perform ostentatiously for an audience).
World English is sure to become a staple among word lovers, travelers, and anyone alive to the rich cultural tapestry that is the new global village.
Contains definitions and explanations for thousands of terms and phrases from every English-speaking region, including the U.K., the United States, Canada, Australia, India, and Africa.