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Spears Richard A. : Slang and Euphemism (Abridged Edn) (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1987

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Interest Book for Those Who Like Words - a review of "Slang and Euphemism" 25 Aug 2006
By aa-Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've had this book for decades it seems and still find it amusing (although I must say I don't keep it where the children can easily reach it).

I think one of the appeals is that it reaches across time for equivalences and derivations. Nothing says more about a period of time, for example, than how it expresses the itself.

And if you are fond of verbiage I would think you should like this book very well. Just look at some of what is written under the heading for 'depart':

answer the final summons

cock up one's toes

drop off the hook

join the great majority

pull a cluck

squiff it

stick one's spoon in the wall

sun one's moccasins


take an earth bath

tip over

Five Stars. Great entertainment for those who like obscure and profane words. Spear's discussion about Slang, Euphemism, what is Taboo, protecting children, etc. at the beginning of the book is very interesting although brief (I would have liked more). Extensive Bibliography at the end.
bought for lyric writing 23 Feb 2012
By John Preble - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought used for little money. It is one of the books every lyric writer should have. The printing is old school, on a newsprint type of paper, so one day it will crumble I imagine, but still, I would buy again.
The Book Is Hilarious 4 Jan 2005
By John Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is by far the most entertaining and informing piece of literature I have ever read. Good for hours of fun AND learning.
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