Lexicon: American Style

A tribute to George Carlin and the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV"

by Patrick Ragains

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Lexicon: American Style

A tribute to George Carlin and the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV"

by Patrick Ragains

Published Jul 20, 2015
121 Pages
Genre: HUMOR / Topic / Adult



 

Book Details

THERE’S ACTUALLY A HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA WITH THE NICKNAME “CRIMINALS.” COULD ANYTHING POSSIBLY ‘BE’ MORE SUBTLE THAN THE ‘B’ IN SUBTLE? WHEN DID RICHARD BECOME SUCH A DICK? A VERY ATTRACTIVE, THIN MOTHER IS CALLED A “MOMSHELL.” PEOPLE IN VERMONT CALL THEIR BOSTON TOURISTS “MASSHOLES.” WHILE “CADE” IS A TRENDY NAME AMONGST YOUR PEERS, IT COULD GET YOUR SON BEAT-UP AT SCHOOL.

~ Boston tourists are called "Massholes" in VT ~ Can anything possibly 'Be' more subtle than the 'B' in subtle? ~ When did Richard become such a Dick? These are just some of the odd and fascinating observations featured in this book. For the past three decades rookie author Patrick Ragains has been assembling his unique insights about our language...our words, names and phrases. He has tried to make sense of them and organize them all here in Lexicon: American Style. Ragains has compiled lists, chapters and brief essays about our lexicon that amuses, confuses and defuses him. His subjects range from “Words From a By-Gone Era” to “New Combo-Words” to “WTF Sports Team Names”...and as part of his tribute to the late comic George Carlin, his “Favorite Profanity.” Well-suited for the coffee table, but probably better suited for the bathroom, Lexicon: American Style is sure to educate, entertain or provoke you. Read on.

 

Book Excerpt

"Just as George Carlin did for me, my ultimate wish is to inspire someone who reads this book to improve their use of our English language...to make conversation and communicating more colorful and interesting. And to resurrect some of our truly wonderful words that are slipping out of our daily use, only to be replaced by crude slang terms, acronyms and lazy, overused 'nothing' words."

 

About the Author

Patrick Ragains

An early exposure to comic George Carlin and the "7 Words You Can Never Say on Television" sparked a creative, inquisitive relationship between author Ragains and the English language we use (and misuse) in America. A 25-year career in the fast-paced, creative field of advertising provided him with more colorful thoughts and insights about our lexicon. A graduate of Michigan State University, Patrick resides in West Michigan with his two sons.

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