The Antarctic Dictionary

The Antarctic Dictionary : A Complete Guide to Antarctic English

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The world's most isolated continent has spawned some of the most unusual words in the English language. In the space of a mere century, a remarkable vocabulary has evolved to deal with the extraordinary environment and living organisms of the Antarctic and subantarctic. Here, for the first time, is a complete guide to the origin and definitions of Antarctic words. Like other historical dictionaries, The Antarctic Dictionary gives the reader quotations for each word. These quotations are the life-blood of the dictionary - more than 15 000 quotations from about 1000 different sources give the reader a unique insight into the way the language of Antarctica has evolved. The reader will find out what it means to be slotted, the shortcomings of homers, the joys of a donga and the hazards of a growler. The Antarctic Dictionary has been meticulously researched, and will appeal to all those who have been to the frozen continent or have ever dreamed of going there. It will also appeal to those fascinated by the development of language. With a forward by Sir Ranulph more

Product details

  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 170.2 x 243.8 x 27.9mm | 771.12g
  • Museum Victoria Publishing
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 095774711X
  • 9780957747111
  • 1,017,531

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This is more than just a good glossary. The Antarctic Dictionary is a veritable encyclopedia of language, history, geography, flora, fauna and social science. Wayne Crawford (The Sunday Tasmanian, 25 March 2001) --Wayne Crawford "The Sunday Tasmanian "show more