American English Compendium by Marv Rubinstein

By Marv Rubinstein

A compendium of yankee proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US thesaurus; abbreviations and acronyms and different quite a few odds and ends. ordinary through non-native audio system and translators.

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Railroaded (coerced), sidetracked (diverted), and backtracking (retreating) are typical. Additional examples are gravy train, whistle stop, right of way, and end of the line. Localisms as Enrichment Enrichment of the local varieties of English spoken by settlers on the first boatloads to arrive at our shores started early on. Settlers picked up dozens of words from the first Americans—the native Indians and later the Eskimos. Some obvious ones are squaw, papoose, teepee, tomahawk, moccasin, wigwam, igloo, and kayak.

In fact, few native speakers are familiar with more than a handful of plant and fish designations in their own languages. Still, I felt that translators and interpreters were entitled to a quick source for these names, without having to thumb through voluminous dictionaries, most of which provide meager information on the subjects of flora and fauna. One major difficulty here is that there are many varieties of a given species. You have for example rock bass, sea bass, and striped bass. In English, these are all called bass, but in other languages, each may have a different name.

I thank them for their continuing help. In addition, I wish to thank Cesar and Sylvia Chelala, Yuko Kashiwagi, Carol Lof, Pedro and Rebecca Mateo-Gelabert, Shoko Matsuzaka-Koestler, Cynthia Raymond and Louise Takata for help with the sections on Colors and (in the 2nd edition) on Baby Talk. Yuko made an additional contribution by writing a complimentary review of the first edition for the ATA Chronicle. Particular thanks to my Publisher, Morry Schreiber, for his assistance in preparing this book for publication, for letting me take advantage of his many years of experience in translation and interpretation, and particularly for contributing portions of Chapters One and Six.

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