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Word Spy by Paul McFedries
Feb 17, 2004 | ISBN 9780767918077

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"Essential reading for the lexicurious–Word Spy explains not just the newest words but the newest ideas."
-Erin McKean, lexicographer and author of Weird and Wonderful Words

"Paul McFedrie’s obvious passion for tracking down cutting-edge expressions had led to a fascinating linguistic commentary for those of us who ought to know a ‘leather spinster’ from a ‘weddingmoon.’ He opens the reader’s eyes and ears to a new language that continues to emerge."
-Jeffrey Kacirk, author of Forgotten English and The Word Museum.

"Word Spy is a triumph–a joyful romp through language and lingo of our times. Today’s readers will love it. Tomorrow’s readers will need it. So here’s a message to the archaeologists of the future: Please dust off this book and read every page. It is your starting point for deciphering what life was like in the 21st century."
— Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation

"Tired of finding dead words embalmed in dusty dictionaries? Word Spy is one of those rare books that captures words live in the wild, complete with up-to-the minute citations and examples of usage. Glurge, metrosexual, toxic bachelor, bozo explosion, flash mob, weapons of mass distraction–they are all here, complete with origin, usage, and great quotations. Like Eric Raymond’s New Hacker’s Dictionary, Word Spy is living proof that to invent a language is to invent a way of life."
— Richard Dooling, author of White Man’s Grave

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