Bleep! A Guide to Popular American Obscenities

David Burke

This book will probably land in the humor section of most bookstores, but it is actually a rather fully researched dictionary. As well as providing the meaning for naughty words, it also illustrates contexts for their usage, translations from slang to standard American English, and practice exercises. (These include sentence structure charts, crossword puzzles and “find-a-word” games.) There is also helpful information on the differences between American English and British English. (For instance, if you tell a British date that you’ll honk when you drive up, you have just indicated your intention to vomit in your car.) The flags of various countries are used to indicate cases where meanings vary, and there is also a section on hand gestures demonstrated by a mime. SA

Publisher: Optima
Paperback: 220 pages