Whistlin' Dixie

Whistlin' Dixie

A Dictionary of Southern Expressions

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Defines southern expressions, from "Adam's housecat" and "all vine and no taters" to "working without a full set of lights" and "you-all"

Book News
Identified as the first of five volumes in this "series," the next four to cover other parts of the country. An introductory essay is followed by some 2,000 brief entries defining and using in context such words as hoicked and pizzlesprung and such phrases as play the dozens and pleased as a basketful of possum-heads. No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
At once lyrical and humorous, often gritty band always to the point, Southern speech has been elevated to an art form by those who live below the Mason-Dixon line. Where else would a beautiful woman be told she's burnin' a river or an idle person be referred to as born tired and raised lazy?
Southern dialect springs from a variety of sources: Cajun, Creole, Gumbo, Gullah and Conch, to name a few. All converge to form a uniquely Southern mode of expression. Of the over 3,500 Southern-fried words and expressions contained in Whistlin' Dixie, many have become familiar as they have slipped into the American vocabulary, but many more remain exclusive to the South. All are explored here, with special emphasis on usage, pronunciation, historical and literary references, variations, etymology and locale of use.
Whistlin' Dixie is the first of five dictionaries comprising the Facts On File Encyclopedia of American Regionalisms. Each volume begins with an introduction to the region and its different dialects. The heart of the book defines words and regional expressions in a carefully documented, yet anecdotal fashion. Written by renowned language expert and writer Robert Hendrickson, Whistlin' Dixie is an important reference for writers and researchers, an invaluable resource for students and teachers and an irresistible treat for word buffs.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c1993.
ISBN: 9780816021109
Branch Call Number: R 427.975
Characteristics: xxxi, 251 p. ; 24 cm.


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