Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Meet the Reference Books: The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

Meet the Reference Books introduces noteworthy encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference materials in Carmichael Library's print and digital collections.  Blog posts are contributed by student library employees as part of our Homegrown Book Reviews initiative.  This post is written by Cassie Wallace, an Accounting major.  The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang is available in both print and digital formats.

Cassie Wallace

Still using the phrase "off the chain"? Man that's so old school, but don't worry! We've got you covered. Stone the Crows: The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang has all of the latest and greatest word usages from around the globe. Published in 2010 it has all of the terms from "A-OK" to "zowie" including an array of American, British, and Australian phrases. This book is a real page turner. Don't have time to sit in the library and read a book for that long? No problem -- it's available online too! Made easy as pie to find on the library's Virtual Reference Shelf.

This book is also a life saver when it comes to figuring out what an author means when he or she writes a phrase like "stone ginger." Who likes losing important or funny references in translation? It is a must-have for readers and English majors alike! Just go to the Carmichael Library website any time of day or night and find out for free exactly what people mean when they say "lallapaloosa."

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