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Title
The browser's dictionary of foreign words and phrases
Author
Mary Varchaver
format
Hardback
Publisher
Wiley
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20011022

""Kudos (Greek), encomiums (Latin), and accolades (French) to the authors for their enlightening and amusing lexicon, a testament that English is the most cheerfully democratic and hospitable language ever cobbled together.""-Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language From angst to zydeco, the ultimate guide to foreign terms and phrases This handy, practical, and browsable A-to-Z reference tells you all you need to know to understand, pronounce, and appreciate the nearly 2,000 foreign words and phrases commonly used by speakers and writers of English. The Browser's Dictionary covers a wide variety of subject areas and includes loan-words from more than sixty languages around the world, such as: Latin (desideratum) * the romance languages (rapprochement, macho, imbroglio) * German (gestalt) * Russian (gulag) * Hebrew (shibboleth) * Yiddish (shtick) * Persian (tambura) * Hindi (purdah) * Arabic (loofah) * Hawaiian (kanaka) * Creole French (zydeco) * and Japanese (netsuke) In addition, each entry provides: * A guide to pronunciation using easy-to-understand transcriptions from ordinary English * Comprehensive literal and idiomatic definitions * The word's source language, as well as its literal meaning The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases is sure to become a favorite reference for anyone with an interest in words and language.

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MARY VARCHAVER is a freelance writer, researcher, and editor, living in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She is also the coauthor, along with FRANK LEDLIE MOORE, of The Dictionary of the Performing Arts.

""A tour de force of exotica sure to interest the word-conscious epicure. Bon app?tit!"" --Jeffrey Kacirk, author of The Word Museum and Forgotten English

""Kudos (Greek), encomiums (Latin), and accolades (French) to the authors for their enlightening and amusing lexicon, a testament that English is the most cheerfully democratic and hospitable language ever cobbled together."" --Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language


Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
English language - Foreign words and phrases - Dictionaries.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
269

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