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The Thesaurus of Slang
ISBN 0816036616 / 9780816036615 / 0-8160-3661-6
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After the dictionary and standard thesaurus, a slang thesaurus is probably the most important reference book for any writer or student to have readily accessible on the reference shelf, and most likely the one that isn't there. This edition, revised in 1994 and containing more than 165,000 uncensored contemporary slang terms, idioms, and colloquialisms, is the most comprehensive, up-to-date such tome available. Looking for an alternative to "comic?" Try "boffo, campy, flaky, for grins, loony, screwy, goofus, Mickey Mouse." Need a substitute for "good-looking?" It's handy to choose from a string of descriptives such as "stud muffin, wukka, beddy, triple burger with cheese, and dyno."
An idiom dictionary allows you to get the definition of an idiom, but what you want is a different but equally colorful synonymous phrase. No longer must you write such lousy, pukey, grody prose. Instead of reading like pablum, deadsville, dull as dishwater, your formerly cheesy, nowhere, gasser, downer, descriptions can be transformed into text that's killer, sensaysh, wiggy, and real gone. It'll make your teacher or editor yawp, holler, and beller like all get out, and just browsing reignites the joy of playing with language. --Stephanie Gold [via]