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War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War, Third Edition

by Paul Dickson

From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic....


Baseball's Greatest Quotations Rev. Ed.

by Paul Dickson

Baseball has always had its share of colorful characters, and over the years they have expressed themselves in eminently quotable ways. In this treasury of more than 5,000 quotations, noted baseball writer and...


Rising to the Occasion: The Best Toasts for Any Celebration

by Paul Dickson

Paul Dickson's Rising to the Occasion is the ideal pocket reference for any moment when one might need to raise a glass. Organized by category, it contains sayings famous and profound, suitable and sentimental,...


Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers

by Paul Dickson

An entertaining, illuminating lexicography of words coined by authors throughout the ages, published on the �sesquiquadricentennial� (450th anniversary) of Shakespeare�s birth.

William Shakespeare�s...


Intoxerated

by Paul Dickson & Brian Rea

A smart, hilarious, and lavishly illustrated guide to the most euphemised word in the English language: Drunk

A record-breaking assemblage of 2,964 different ways to say "drunk." Tipsy, roasted, three sheets,...


Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents

by Paul Dickson

The founding fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his "front porch campaign" of 1920) felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American...


Journalese: A Dictionary for Deciphering the News

by Paul Dickson & Robert Skole

A comprehensive A-to-Z dictionary of journalistic buzzwords and phrases, this witty book is both a handy reference and a humorous look at the true absurdity of journalists’ tired quips and clichés. With an...


The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition)

by Paul Dickson & Skip McAfee

The definitive work on the language of baseball—one of the “Five Best Baseball Books” (Wall Street Journal). Hailed as “a staggering piece of scholarship” (Wall Street Journal) and “an indispensable...


Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick

by Paul Dickson

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is legendary in many ways-baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of great change. Paul Dickson has written the first...


The Hidden Language of Baseball

by Paul Dickson

Baseball is set apart from other sports by many things, but few are more distinctive than the intricate systems of coded language that govern action on the field and give baseball its unique appeal. During a...


Slang

by Paul Dickson

Slang is evidence that the spoken language is continually changing to meet new needs for verbal expressions, tailored to changing realities and perceptions. Unlike most slang dictionaries that list entries alphabetically,...


The Unwritten Rules of Baseball

by Paul Dickson

From beanballs to basebrawls, the most important rules governing the game of baseball have never been officially written down—until now.

They have no sanction from the Commissioner, appear nowhere in any official...


The Bonus Army

by Paul Dickson & Thomas B. Allen

In the summer of 1932, at the height of the Depression, some forty-five thousand veterans of World War I descended on Washington, D.C., from all over the country to demand the bonus promised them eight years...


The Joy of Keeping Score

by Paul Dickson

In this unique book, Paul Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Within the history of the scorecard are some of baseball's greatest moments. From the...