By Marv Rubinstein
A compendium of yankee proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US word list; abbreviations and acronyms and different a variety of odds and ends. time-honored by way of non-native audio system and translators.
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Speaking of possums, let us not disregard words for local flora and fauna found in the New World and previously unknown to Europeans, animals such as skunk, raccoon, chipmunk, and moose; trees such as pecan and hickory. Not to mention good things to eat: squash, eggplant, hominy, pemmican, and quahog, among others. Incidentally, finding the proper names for flora and fauna was not only a problem for the early settlers; it is still a bugaboo for translators and, in fact, for anyone learning a second or third language.
Included are words such as adrift, astern, avast, blue nose, boodle, cleanser, deacon, and flummery. Interesting expressions such as cat-and-dog fight, chowder head, come-on, election day, and take a gander are of Boston, Maine, and other New England origins. California has provided us with abalone, adobe, Big Foot (Sasquatch), embarcadero, and many other terms. Hoosiers come from Indiana and Down-Easters from Maine. g. boll weevil, bracero, buckaroo, chaparral, chaps, corral, ebony, and esplanade.
Instead of letting them foot it, we bus children to school where the teachers school them. In movies, the cowboys head the horses off at the pass. At dinner, we are wined and dined in fine restaurants, or we pig out at the local beanery. We horn our way into difficult situations and then have to weasel our way out. In today’s American English, hundreds (perhaps thousands) of these noun-to-verb conversions exist. In addition, nouns can also be used as adjectives. Adjectives, in turn, are sometimes used as adverbs.