Baker & Taylor Traces the history of epithets and forms of address, and instructs on proper usage
Taylor & Francis Publishing First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Book News Some 2,000 entries are arranged in alphabetical order. They consist of descriptive explanations, with many examples drawn from literature, of individual words such as dear , idiot , madam , and professor as well as generic entries such as first name , last name , and nickname . Both British and American terms and meanings are included, although the bias seems to be toward the British. The introduction presents the author's reasons for compiling this dictionary (one of them is the greater importance of terms of address in English than in other languages that have two or more terms for "you") and details some of the psychological and practical motivations involved. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.