World English: From Aloha to Zed

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From Albuquerque to Melbourne to Zanzibar, a lively tour of English usage around the world

Is "What's up, Doc?" an appropriate response to a Scot who asks if you're wabbit?

Is it logical to assume that a cowhand has been dipping into the loco weed when he tells you he's six feet above snakes?

If an Australian gives you heaps, should you thank him, laugh, get angry, or see a doctor?

With World English, you'll never be in the dark about the meanings of these and thousands of other English words and phrases. Featuring complete definitions of almost 3,000 English terms from around the world, World English is an endless source of insight, inspiration, and fun for writers, word mavens, international business people, students, and sophisticated travelers alike.

The only A-to-Z reference to English usage around the world
* Features almost 3,000 English words and phrases
* Entries include concise definitions, regions of origin, cross-cultural synonyms, and notes on etymology

"We have adopted as words Bartlett's and Webster's; maybe someday, we'll have Hendrickson's as a generic term."-Library Journal, from a review of Human Words

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About the author (2001)

Robert Hendrickson is the author of several critically acclaimed works on the English language, including Human Words, American Talk: The Words and Ways of American Dialects; The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins; and Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms. He is also the author of several celebrated works on American literature and the Civil War. He lives in Peconic, New York.

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