Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames

Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames

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Ever wondered which member of the royal family was nicknamed Action Man? Or what pet name Marlene Dietrich gave to Ernest Hemingway? Which footballer was called The Black Pearl? And who was dubbed Attila the Hen by her critics and The Iron Lady by her supporters? From the affectionate andhumorous to the derogatory and vitriolic, this scintillating collection brings together famous people, places, events, and organizations, with the nicknames that epitomize them.With broad coverage of politicians, monarchs, cities, musicians, sportspeople, institutions, actors, and much more, the Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames explores the reasons behind the sobriquets of the famous and looks at contrasting attitudes to controversial figures, presenting each entry in itshistorical context. Nicknames are listed in an accessible A-Z format, with appendices on football clubs, army regiments, and US states.Entertaining, informative, and often funny, the Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames is perfect browsing material for the general reader, and a useful point of reference for anyone researching famous figures, places, or institutions.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780198609483
0198609485
Branch Call Number: 929.403 DELAHUNT
Characteristics: ix, 229 p. ; 20 cm.
Alternative Title: Dictionary of nicknames

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