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Dickson, Paul

Works: 35 works in 146 publications in 1 language and 11,682 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  History  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Military history  Guidebooks  Terminology 
Roles: Author of screenplay
Classifications: GV862.3, 428.1
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Most widely held works by Paul Dickson
The Dickson baseball dictionary by Paul Dickson ( Book )
6 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 1,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hailed as "a staggering piece of scholarship" ("Wall Street Journal"), the new edition of "The Dickson Baseball Dictionary" includes more than 10,000 terms and introduces words and phrases from around the world of baseball. Photographs throughout
Sputnik : the shock of the century by Paul Dickson ( Book )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documents the personal and political events surrounding the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957 and provides a glimpse into the lives of the people responsible for creating the first man-made object in space
The Bonus Army : an American epic by Paul Dickson ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the Depression summer of 1932, some 45,000 veterans of World War I descended on Washington to demand the bonus promised them eight years earlier for their wartime service. They lived in shantytowns, white and black together, protested and rallied for their cause. Roy Wilkins saw the model for racial integration here; J. Edgar Hoover built his reputation against the radicals. President Hoover, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur, and others feared the protesters would turn violent after the Senate defeated the "bonus bill" that the House had passed. On July 28, tanks rolled as troops evicted the marchers. Newspapers and newsreels showed graphic images of American soldiers driving out their former comrades in arms. Democratic candidate Franklin Roosevelt said to an adviser, "This will elect me," though bonus armies would plague him as well. The march inspired Congress to pass the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1944.--From publisher description
A dictionary of the space age by Paul Dickson ( )
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 ushered in an exciting era of scientific and technological advancement. As television news anchors, radio hosts, and journalists reported the happenings of the American and the Soviet space programs to millions of captivated citizens, words that belonged to the worlds of science, aviation, and science fiction suddenly became part of the colloquial language. What's more, NASA used a litany of acronyms in much of its official correspondence in an effort to transmit as much information in as little time as possible. To translate this peculiar vocabulary, Paul Dickson has compiled the curious lingo and mystifying acronyms of NASA in an accessible dictionary of the names, words, and phrases of the Space Age. ... This dictionary captures a broader foundation for the language of the Space Age based on the historical principles employed by the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Word histories for major terms are detailed in a conversational tone, and technical terms are deciphered for the interested student and lay reader."--Front flap of dust jacket
Words : a connoisseur's collection of old and new, weird and wonderful, useful and outlandish words by Paul Dickson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Congress dictionary : the ways and meanings of Capitol Hill by Paul Dickson ( Book )
10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes formal terms such as adjourn sine die, and informal terms like sleaze factor
War slang : fighting words and phrases of Americans from the Civil War to the Gulf War by Paul Dickson ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first comprehensive collection of fighting words and phrases used by Americans at war--from AWOL to zip fuel
The future of the workplace : the coming revolution in jobs by Paul Dickson ( Book )
7 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recent job environments recreated and studied in this book involve the blue-collar and the assembly-line worker. Delineates new and more humane ways of achieving productivity
A collector's compendium of rare and unusual, bold and beautiful, odd and whimsical names by Paul Dickson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spine title: Names. A compendium of interesting facts about names and nicknames divided into thirty-three categories from cars to trade names to apples
Slang! : the topical dictionary of Americanisms by Paul Dickson ( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A categorically arranged dictionary of American slang and popular culture features more than ten thousand entries that cover such topics as the Internet, extreme sports, the drug culture, politics, and entertainment
Out of this world : American space photography by Paul Dickson ( Book )
5 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
War slang : American fighting words and phrases since the Civil War by Paul Dickson ( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the homegrown boodle of the 19th century to current misunderstandistan in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic. Author Paul Dickson introduces some of the new words and phrases born of conflict, boredom, good humor, bad food, new technology, and the pure horror of war. This newly updated reference extends to the post-9/11 world and the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recommended by William Safire in his On Language column of The New York Times, it features dictionary-style entries, arranged chronologically by conflict, with helpful introductions to each section and an index for convenient reference. Paul Dickson is a national treasure who deserves a wide audience, declared Library Journal. The author of more than 50 books, Dickson has written extensively on language. This expanded edition of War Slang features new material by journalist Ben Lando, Iraq Bureau Chief for Iraq Oil Report and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Time. It serves language lovers and military historians alike by adding an eloquent new dimension to our understanding of war
On this spot : pinpointing the past in Washington, D.C. by Douglas E Evelyn ( Book )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Slang! : the topic-by-topic dictionary of contemporary American lingoes by Paul Dickson ( Book )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Slang : the authoritative topic-by-topic dictionary of American lingoes from all walks of life by Paul Dickson ( Book )
2 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"...this volume truly encompasses the whole colorful range of current American slang. Divided into twenty-nine broad categories, these are the words that make American English as expressive as it is fascinating. From advertising offices to prisons, from high schools to the halls of Congress, this invaluable resource revals the way Americans speak and think today."
Sputnik mania ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On Oct. 4, 1957, the USSR announced to an unsuspecting world that it had launched the first man-made object ever to successfully orbit earth. Americans were stunned and then terrified. Americans asked themselves what had happened to our academic and technological superiority; could the Soviets overtake us; could their satellites be used as weapons of mass destruction? Recalls the impact the satellite had on the American psyche, and how the shock catapulted the nation from complacency into action
Labels for locals : what to call people from Abilene to Zimbabwe by Paul Dickson ( Book )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A dictionary of names for persons of a specific city or community
What's in a name? : reflections of an irrepressible name collector by Paul Dickson ( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Takes a whimsical look at the naming of everyday things, from people, to cars, animals, and places, and discusses their origins
Work revolution by Paul Dickson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1975 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Family words : the dictionary for people who don't know a frone from a brinkle by Paul Dickson ( Book )
3 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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