Labels for Locals

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Labels for Locals

What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe

By Paul Dickson

HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060881641, 261pp.

Publication Date: December 13, 2013


In our globally interconnected age, misnaming where someone is from or the cultural group to which they belong often constitutes more than a harmless social gaffe. Labels for Locals provides guidance on the preferred, and sometimes disdained, names for selected locales, cities, regions, countries, and ethnic groups worldwide.

About the Author
Paul Dickson has written eight bat and ball books (one on softball, seven on baseball) and is working on the third edition of his Dickson Baseball Dictionary, as well as a new work, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball. He also writes narrative 20th century American history and compiles word books. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland, with his wife, Nancy.

Praise For Labels for Locals

“A fascinating and useful tour de force.”
-Charles Osgood

“Filled with tantalizing trivia and fascinating facts, this book will be savored by word loveres everywhere.”
-Mardy Grothe, author of Viva La Repartee and Oxymoronica

“Labels for Locals is loaded with surprising, entertaining, and useful tidbits.”
-Barbara Wallraff, author of Word Fugitives and Word Court

“Dickson’s done it again with another book that no classroom or newsroom should be without.”
-Grant Barrett, Project Editor Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Oxford University Press