Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe (Paperback)

What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe

By Paul Dickson

HarperCollins Publishers, 9780060881641, 261pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2006

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Description

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.



Praise For Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe

“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

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