Selected entries will have extended encyclopedic tes. The book also features sidebar essays on topics such as political words in Blogistan; a short history of big cheese ; all about chads and the election; the suffix -gate and all the related Watergate terms; and the naming of legislation.
Political junkies, policy wonks, journalists, and word lovers will find this book addictive reading as well as a reliable guide to one of the more colorful corners of American English. He lives in New York City. Publication Data Place of Publication. Hatchet Jobs and Hardball: The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang illuminates a rich and colorful segment of our language.
Oxford University Press Bolero Ozon. Here is a wonderful Baedeker to down-and-dirty politics--more than six hundred slang terms straight from the smoke-filled rooms of American political speech. Readers will find informative entries on slang terms such as Beltway bandit and boondoggle, angry white male and leg treasurer, juice bill and Joe Citizen, banana superpower and the Big Fix.
We find not only the meaning and history of familiar terms such as gerrymander, but also of lesser-known terms such as cracking splitting a bloc of like-minded voters by redistricting and fair-fight district which refers to areas redistricted to favor no political party.
The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang illuminates a rich and colorful segment of our language. The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang illuminates a rich and colorful segment of our language. Readers will find informative entries on slang terms.
Each entry includes the definition of the word, its historical background, and illuminating citations, some going back more than years. We learn, for instance, that a term as seemingly current as political football actually dates back to before the Civil War.