Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis

Ebook $9.95

Osprey Publishing | May 21, 2013 | 280 Pages | ISBN 9781472803917

  • Paperback$12.00

    Osprey Publishing | Mar 23, 2010 | 280 Pages | 4-3/4 x 7-5/16 | ISBN 9781849081573

  • Ebook$9.95

    Osprey Publishing | May 21, 2013 | 280 Pages | ISBN 9781472803917


"…Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis is consistent in content, formatting, and layout. Each word is accompanied by a paragraph of its history (or more, as the case may be) as to how the word came into the language. Even mayonnaise, which I dip my French fries into much to the horror of ketchup-loving friends, has its origin in the military (a victory dinner with very few ingredients resulted in the invention on mahonnaise in the Port of Mahon by a military chef).

Graeme Donald has taken great pains to research the word origins in his book and makes a point of not relying solely on English experts but also on military experts who sometimes have a different view on the origins of a word. For words with unresolved disagreements, Donald provides both (along with his e-mail if you want to weigh in on which version is right).

Overall, this is a compact and well-done book that can be read cover to cover or in random bits as the mood strikes you."

Osprey Publishings’ FUBAR – 2007’s dictionary of military slang – was widely praised, and received wide coverage in national media circles, including featuring in an article in The Spectator

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