Why are speakers of English always calling each other names? situations. It will also help them to understand what is implied when an English speaker uses a particular way of addressing someone. These topics are entirely neglected in most courses and textbooks, and there is no other reference work on the subject.
Anyone who is fascinated by words will also find much here of interest. A wealth of historical, sociological and etymological information is set out in a highly readable style. Some 2,000 entries arranged in alphabetical order shed new light on familiar terms of address and present many curiosities. The author gives examples from a wide range of literature, particularly twentieth century novels, and provides an illuminating commentary on them.
"Hilarious, delightful, descriptive explanations of [late] twentieth-century usage."
-English Language Notes
." . . a worthwhile and unique addition to most undergraduate library collections.--"Choice.."
""A Dictionary of Epithets and Terms of Address is readable and informative and should be considered by academic and public libraries."
-"Booklist, Dec. 15 1990.
"One of the most valuable sections of the book is the introduction, in which Dunkling communicates to readers of varying interests and backgrounds both information and excitement about the mysteries of the English language."
""Epithets and Terms of Address is not only an excellent casual read for the curious, but a crucial arms-length reference for anyone who works with words."
-"Paper Magazine, 1991
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 7th June 1990
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1