Dictionary of the American West: Over 5,000 Terms and Expressions from Aarigaa! to Zopilote
Booksellers of the West, listen up: we're betting a California C-note that all you top hands will want a war bag full of Win Blevins's revised and expanded Dictionary of the American West, the only book this side of the Mississippi to embrace the full West in all of its cultural richness. Anyone who loves language will revel in the words, stories, and lore found in this uncommon resource, with over 5,000 words that honor the colorful history of the West and bring the region's present day to vivid life.
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Dictionary of the American West: Over 5,000 Terms from Aarigaa! to ZopiloteUser Review - Book Verdict
Blevins is well known for fictionalizing the history of the American West in works like Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse, but at the same time he is lauded for his accuracy. He maintains that, like any other subgroup in America, Westerners have a language all their own, and over time he has grown frustrated when his editors or readers did not understand his writing. The result is this dictionary, expanded and revised from the 1992 edition (Facts On File), which defines terms commonly used in the West. Many of the 5000-plus entries are new or rewritten, and the text pays greater attention to the Pacific Coast States, including Alaska. In addition, greater emphasis is placed on words from many of the minority groups influencing Western history, from Mormons to blacks, who are often overlooked in similar works. As a result, this dictionary is much more current than the venerable Western Words: A Dictionary of the American West (o.p.) or Western Words: A Dictionary of the Old West (Hippocrene, 1997), both by Ramon Frederick Adams. The engagingly written entries are arranged alphabetically and frequently include guides to pronunciation. Overall, an informative and entertaining work; recommended for public and academic libraries. Daniel Liestman, Kansas State Univ. Libs., Manhattan ...
Review: Dictionary of the American West: Over 5,000 Terms and Expressions from Aarigaa! to ZopiloteUser Review - Kai - Goodreads
I have enjoyed reading through this dictionary, but I have found it to have some errors and omissions. For instance, the entry for "Hell's half acre" does not mention that this term was applied to the ... Read full review