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Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage

Allsopp, Richard (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0198661525 / ISBN 13: 9780198661528
Published by Oxford University Press, 1996
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Bookplate on the back of the front free endpaper, no other markings. Also has a French and Spanish Supplement edited by Jeannette Allsopp. 697 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 024495

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Title: Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: In a Very Good Dust Jacket

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This unique reference is the first attempt in over four hundred years to provide an authentic record of current English from twenty-two territories in the eighteen states of the Caribbean archipelago. The Dictionary surveys a range of over 20,000 words and phrases drawn from over 1000 written sources. A specially-designed system of labelling--four levels of identification from Creole to Formal and labels to denote social or grammatical register--provides maximum clarity and accessibility. Including hundreds of illustrative examples, Allsopp also includes etymological and usage notes and a short Supplement listing Caribbean French and Spanish equivalents.


Caribbean English is an exceptionally rich dialect, evocative and vivid. Take "bagabu," for instance, a fine word American and British English lack, referring to dried nose mucus. "Day-clean" is a lovely word for dawn. To be in "goat-heaven" is to be in a state of bliss, but to have "goat-mouth" is a nasty business, similar to giving the evil eye. A "pissintail" is a disrespectful young thing, while "piss-a-bed" merely refers to wild coffee. A solid, scholarly work that fills an important reference niche, Allsopp's dictionary covers more than 20,000 words and phrases from Guyana to the Bahamas and Belize. Even if you've no Caribbean ties, are conducting no Caribbean research, and planning no Caribbean vacation, the dictionary is worth the price solely for its grand browsing pleasure. --Stephanie Gold

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