Stunned Mullets and Two-Pot Screamers: A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms

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Oxford University Press, 2008 - Australianisms - 412 pages
Amusing and informative, Stunned mullets and Two-pot screamers: a dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms is a revealing guide to the richness and colour of the Australian language. Now available in this updated and considerably expanded edition, it records our distinctive, inventive slang and provides a unique insight into Australian life and culture. This famous dictionary, first published in 1978, combines the earliest and most recent colloquial coinages. Words and idioms are drawn from a wide range of sources and each entry is context, with origins and derivations. Enduring colloquialisms have as many as ten citations from original works, illustrating changing meanings and emphases. This fifth edition features an expanded introduction and contains over 300 new entries. Over 900 of the previous entries have been further revised and updated.

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Wilkes, Challis Professor of English Literature (Retired), University of Sydney

G.A Wilkes was Challis Professor of English Literature from 1966 to 1996 at the University of Sydney, where he had been foundation Professor of Australian Literature. He was editor from 1963- 1987 of Southerly: A Review of Australian Literature.

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