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NTC's Super-Mini British Slang Dictionary (McGraw-Hill ESL References) Paperback – 1 Jan 2000


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844201111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844201115
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.3 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a reference editor and former linguistics professor who has written more than 30 dictionaries, including NTC's American Idioms Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-0273-8) and NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-5859-8).

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Domzalska on 5 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Bought this distionary to finally understand some of my young friends conversations. Book is useless for me. Majority of words and phrases are just a London cockney, and its very disputable as my friends from London sometimes don't know those phrases too :) Book didnt help to understand my friends at all as they dont use cockney.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ellen on 18 Jun. 2001
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This is an indispensible guide to British slang. Now when I listen to my fave Brit bands, the lyrics make sense. It's a delightful read--some of the words and phrases are hilarious. Teriffic book!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2004
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I found this in a New York bookstore while on holiday and being English I bought it for a laugh. No wonder Americans think we're quaint this book is a right laugh. I've never heard most of the slang in this book but it made it real funny to read. I used the slang from this book at school the next day and they seemed to think I was speaking French but it's definitly worth it especiaally if your English. It's nice to see our language from another persons point of view.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Wasn't what I thought it would be 30 April 2005
By Amy Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was funny but not quite what I was looking for. I wanted a book that was more of an American English/British English translation book. Although we both speak English, many terms are used differently in our respective nations. For example, a British tank top is a vest and a British sweater is a jumper. I was looking for these "translations". This book was not that. This book was true old time British slang and phrases that you rarely hear spoken at all in London. I didn't even bring this book with me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for deciphering your British boyfriend or roommate! 3 Aug. 2009
By A. E. Berigtold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I did a semester of study in London, then had a British roommate for one year while also working at a British organization, and then a British boyfriend for two years after that, and I got this book to be able to look up exact definitions of terms they used-- not to mention things I heard on tv or read in magazines and Brit chick lit.

Here are some of the terms I was curious about and found in this book:

to faff about
stroppy
naff
to suss
to skive off
to whinge
and more...

The book had a lot of rhyming slang which I rarely heard in real life (can't say "never" though, it is out there), but since you may encounter it in tv shows, films, and books it is useful to have it in here. It's true it is not as jam-packed as a larger book might be, so does not have all the transations US-UK of clothing terms, etc.; it is what the title says, slang, not a complete guide to daily life British English.

This book is small like any other pocket phrasebook, which is what I wanted. While it may not contain all the slang out there, you can always go online for whatever is missing. Educational, useful, and discreet! Go for it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful book 27 Dec. 2009
By N. Fontane - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book because I was a bit of an Anglophile in college. It really helped me understand what was going on in all my favorite Brit TV shows, and it helped some in the literature I read for school. Very nice book! I will take this with me if I ever end up in England for more than a Heathrow layover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great gift for anyone going to England. 3 July 2012
By Cbasing1 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is awesome. Got it as a gift for a friend going to England, so she won't be left in the dark while in a Pub or anywhere. Its the same language but with the accent it will help make it easier to get the comments.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't bother 12 Jan. 2008
By Laura Blackledge-Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to translate the slang in the British fiction I read, but so far, I've not found even one of the words I've looked up. It is full of rhyming slang which, while amusing, lives for about five minutes.
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