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- Millar, Mark and J.G. Jones and Paul Mounts — Wanted (192 pages)
- Hoban, Russell — Riddley Walker (240 pages)
- Perkins, E.J. — American English English American (47 pages)
Page count: 5869.
The Mad Fisher gave me her Christmas gift on Saturday, so I quickly read through it. It's a "dictionary" of American and English terms. She thought it would be cute, since we've had our fair share of discussions about differences between American and British English. (As I often say, the most challenging thing about moving to England has been the language difference.) It was a great idea.
Unfortunately, this book is complete rubbish. It really requires another dictionary to translate a Welsh person's "understanding" of Americanisms to American English. I've not heard of probably a third of the "American" expressions the author used, and my English is wholly American. Some of the translations were simply ridiculous. Trust me, Mrs. Perkins, Americans have heard of "breasts"; we don't tend to go around calling them "bazooms"! And "dollar" is not a British term that needs to be translated to "buck"!
I am half tempted to put together my own list. I could probably produce a product a million times for accurate and interesting in a half-day's brainstorm than the author compiled in this book.