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Author Wilton, David, 1963-

Title Word myths : debunking linguistic urban legends / by David Wilton.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.

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 UniM Bail  422 WILT    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents What Is a Linguistic Urban Legend? 2 -- Where Do They Come From? 3 -- How Do They Vary? 6 -- Why Do We Tell Them? 7 -- How Are They Told? 10 -- Who Tells Them? 14 -- Are We Being Spoilsports? 14 -- How Do We Ferret Out the Truth? 16 -- 1 Debunking the Big Boys 23 -- Ring Around the Rosie 24 -- OK 28 -- Whole Nine Yards 34 -- Rule of Thumb 38 -- They Speak Elizabethan English in the Appalachians 44 -- 500 Eskimo Words for Snow 50 -- Windy City 54 -- Hot Dog 58 -- 2 Elizabethan E-mail Hoax 61 -- Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater 66 -- Raining Cats and Dogs 67 -- Dirt Poor 69 -- Threshold 70 -- Pease Porridge 70 -- Bring Home the Bacon 72 -- Chew the Fat 72 -- Trencher / Trench Mouth 72 -- Bed and Board 73 -- Upper Crust 74 -- Wake 74 -- Graveyard Shift 75 -- Saved by the Bell and Dead Ringer 76 -- 3 Posh, Phat Pommies 79 -- Ichthys 83 -- Cabal 83 -- AWOL 84 -- Fuck 87 -- News and Tips 92 -- Golf 93 -- Spud 94 -- Wog 95 -- Nylon 96 -- SOS 97 -- Pommy 98 -- Phat 99 -- Posh 100 -- 4 Canoe 103 -- Devil to Pay 104 -- Let the Cat Out of the Bag 104 -- Cold Enough to Freeze the Balls off a Brass Monkey 106 -- Over a Barrel 108 -- Mind Your Ps and Qs 108 -- Under the Weather 111 -- Knock Off 112 -- Son of a Gun 112 -- Railroad Origins 113 -- Ethnic Origins 115 -- 5 Hookers, Harlots, and Condoms 129 -- Hooker 130 -- Harlot 131 -- Condom 133 -- Crap 137 -- In Like Flynn 139 -- Real McCoy 141 -- Dixie 145 -- Upset 148 -- Pumpernickel 150 -- Ellis Island Name Changing 151 -- 6 Perils of Political Correctness 155 -- Picnic 157 -- Nitty Gritty 159 -- Jimmies 160 -- Indian / In Dios 163 -- Indian Giver 166 -- Squaw 168 -- Hip / Hep 170 -- Gay 172 -- Faggot 175 -- Handicap 177 -- Politically Correct 179 -- Tinker's Damn 182 -- 7 Wax Tadpoles and Jelly Doughnuts 185 -- I Am a Jelly Doughnut 186 -- Chevy No Go 188 -- Bite the Wax Tadpole 190 -- Turn It Loose and Fly Naked 193 -- Kangaroo 195 -- Gringo 196.
Subject English language -- Etymology.
Language and languages -- Folklore.
ISBN 0195172841