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Southern tongue : a dictionary of southern expressions
Bonds, Damon.
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Publication Information:
Anchorage, AK : Nomad Pub., [2001]

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186 pages ; 22 cm
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PE2926 .B66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Library Journal Review

Though both these paperback dictionaries are dedicated to the Southern idiom, they are remarkably different in content; a quick cross-check finds many unique entries in each. Written by a Texas native, Southern Tongue, which contains over 1300 words and expressions, provides examples of the word or phrase in a sentence always helpful in this type of dictionary, as it more clearly defines the word for the reader. The Dixie Dictionary, by veteran Richmond Times- Dispatch editor and reporter Howard, does not use examples in its 4300 entries and suffers for it. The definitions in both books are wan at best, which is a shame. Certainly, not every word requires detailed definitions, but these dictionaries capture many colorful and impressive locutions, and it would have been immensely helpful if readers had been given a better feel for that richness. Earlier books that cover the subject include Whistlin' Dixie: A Dictionary of Southern Expressions and You All Spoken Here. Libraries that do not own those titles could address the need for a dictionary-style reference on Southern language with either of these two new books, and inexpensively so. Still, while the average reader may find these of interest, the scholar will find only a scant beginning for research or study here. Manya S. Chylinski, Ernst & Young Ctr. for Business Knowledge, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.