Compendium of American English

Now in a thoroughly updated and expanded fourth edition, Marv Rubinstein’s 21st Century American English Compendium is an impressive assemblage of American proverbs, expressions, slang, and colloquialisms. Enhanced with a British/U.S. English Glossary, foreign words used in American English, abbreviations, acronyms, and much more. Explore the nooks and crannies of American English:

  • A group of lions is called a “pride.” What do you call a group of tigers?
  • If someone calls you a “Philadelphia lawyer,” should you take it as a compliment?
  • What is the difference between “tabling a motion” in the U.S. and in the U.K.?
  • Can you distinguish between a tortilla and a tostada?

These are but a few examples of what this Compendium helps you figure out. It picks up where the common dictionaries leave off. It provides a quick reference to the most amazing language in the world— THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE. More than just a reference book containing TEN DICTIONARIES IN ONE, the Compendium tells the story of American English in an enlightening and entertaining way. It will help you gain a whole new perspective on and a much deeper understanding of the most popular language in today’s world. This imminently portable guidebook is ideal for translators, interpreters, writers, editors and publishers. It is also perfect for school and community library English language and linguistic reference collections. A perennial favorite, over 10,000 copies have been sold.