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good, basic etymology...fascinating,
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This review is from: New Yawk Tawk (Dictionary of American Regional Expressions) (Paperback)
I purchased this volume with expectations which have, unfortunately, been only partially met. This is good basic etymology, and is a wonderful volume for those with either a newly found interest in word origins or little if any prior New York exposure.For these readers it will appear to be both eminently readable, and adequately informative. Unfortunately, a seventeen page introduction, with numerous literary references, is NOT accompanied by either a bibliography or footnotes. This is a serious omission. Several words/terms with what seemed to me to be questionable explanations of origin were encountered..nonetheless, overall this is an interesting, if not basic overview of New York linguistic mannerisms, which at least by this reader would be recommended to others.
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