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From George Washington’s “New Yorker” and Thomas Jefferson’s “pedicure” to Theodore Roosevelt’s “lunatic fringe,” Richard Nixon’s “silent majority,” and Donald Trump’s “covfefe,” this entertaining and eminently readable volume compiles words and phrases that were coined or popularised by American presidents. The entries are listed alphabetically, featuring a definition and – in most cases – a brief discussion that places them in historical context. AUTHOR: Paul Dickson is a prolific freelance writer who lives in Garrett Park, Maryland. In addition to his books on baseball history and space exploration, Paul has written extensively on language in such books as Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms, Journalese: A Dictionary for Deciphering the News (with Robert Skole), and Drunk: The Definitive Drinker’s Dictionary. With Dover, Paul has published War Slang: American Fighting Words and Phrases Since the Civil War, The Official Rules: 5,427 Laws, Principles, and Axioms to Help You Cope with Crises, Deadlines, Bad Luck, Rude Behavior, Red Tape, and Attacks by Inanimate Objects, and Baseball Is . . . Defining the National Pastime, among other books.
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