Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures

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F+W Media, Sep 4, 2006 - Reference - 432 pages
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Do You Know Your Subculture Slang? "If your house hasn't been looted yet, it will be, so put everything you can in the bank and make mule characters carry the rest." "She will act as his beard when his parents come over and at office parties." "Surely a duck kicker would not disturb ducks this old?" Do you ever feel like people are talking, but you have no idea what they're saying? Do you ever feel like you don't belong? Then you need Talk the Talk. This handy little book is your guide to the unique vernacular of 65 subcultures from hip hop to punk rock, from surfers to construction workers and more. You'll learn 3,500 slang terms, many of which you've never heard of. Author Luc Reid introduces each group and its key characteristics to give you an informative insider's peek at culture and diversity in America—plus he includes warnings when certain terms should be used with caution so that you don't commit any faux pas. Discover the meanings of: bleep (goths), page 155 buildering (rock climbers), page 287 contactee (UFO believers), page 373 funnel (skydivers), page 333 ground control (drug pushers and users), page 118 mob (online gamers), page 236 relaxicon (sci-fi and fantasy fans), page 312 rules lawyer (role-playing gamers), page 296 warlock (Wiccans, witches, and neo-pagans), page 384 zombie gimmick (magicians), page 207

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About the author (2006)

Luc Reid is a past winner of the Writers of the Future contest and the founder of the neo-pro writers' group Codex.

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