Saturday, December 30, 2006

‘On Language’ 12/20: Best language books of 2006

Best books for linguists, word lovers
On Language
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2006
By Nathan Bierma

5 “The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English: A Crunk Omnibus for Thrillionaires and Bampots for the Ecozoic Age” by Grant Barrett (McGraw-Hill, paperback, 288 pages, $14.95). Barrett is a dictionary editor who watches for new slang words that have staying power. This book catches words such as “bampot” (“fool”) and “sheisty” (“dishonest”) in between their birth and their possible entry into a major dictionary someday.



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