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Sheidlower, Jesse

Works: 6 works in 31 publications in 1 language and 720 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Dictionaries  Documentary films  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jesse Sheidlower
The F-word by Jesse Sheidlower( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We all know what frak, popularized by television's cult hit Battlestar Galactica, really means. But what about feck? Or ferkin? Or foul - as in FUBAR, or "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition"?" "In a thoroughly updated edition of The F-Word, Jesse Sheidlower offers a rich, revealing look at the f-bomb and its illimitable uses. Since the fifteenth century, no other word has been adapted, interpreted, euphemized, censored, and shouted with as much ardor or force; imagine Dick Cheney telling Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy to "go damn himself" on the Senate floor - it doesn't have quite the same impact as what was really said. Sheidlower cites this and other notorious examples throughout history, from the satiric sixteenth-century poetry of James Cranstoun to the bawdy parodies of Lord Rochester in the seventeenth century, to more recent uses by Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Ann Sexton, Norman Mailer, Liz Phair, Anthony Bourdain, Junot Diaz, Jenna Jameson, Amy Winehouse, Jon Stewart, and Bono (whose use of the word at the Grammys nearly got him fined by the FCC)." "Collectively, these references and the more than one hundred new entries they illustrate double the size of The F-Word since its previous edition. Thousands of added quotations come from newly available electronic databases and the resources of the OED, expanding the range of quotations to cover British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, and South African uses in addition to American ones. Thus we learn why a fugly must hone his or her sense of humor, why Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau muttered "fuddle duddle" in the Commons, and why Fanny Adams is so sweet. A fascinating introductory essay explores the word's history, reputation, and changing popularity over time, and a new Foreword by comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black offers readers a smart and entertaining take on the book and its subject matter." "Oxford dictionaries have won renown for their expansive, historical approach to words and their etymologies. The F-Word offers all that and more in an entertaining and informative look at a word that, while now largely accepted as an integral part of the English language, still confounds, provokes, and scandalizes."--Jacket
Jesse's word of the day : from abacinate to yonic by Jesse Sheidlower( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fascinating questions from the Internet's hottest language site."--Cover
Private dicks : men exposed( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveying men from all walks of life, young and old, gay and straight, large and small, this documentary presents interviews with 25 men who explore how men feel about their penises. The men, many of whom appear nude, offer personal revelations that are honest, humorous, and often poignant as they frankly discuss puberty, masculinity, impotence, circumcision, sexuality, myths and perceptions, growing old, and, of course, size. Among those interviewed are a retired 73-yr. old professor who reflects on the decline in libido and prostate troubles, a 28 year-old porn star, a paralyzed advertising director who talks about sex as a paraplegic and a slang dictionary editor who explains the etymology of penis-related slang words and offers some rare historical slang
Random House historical dictionary of American slang( Book )

in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It word by Jesse Sheidlower( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The use of words( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Discussion among authors, lexicographers, and other word people about current uses of the English language, word choice, miscommunication, etc. Event at Barney's, New York, in honor of the publication of the book: Buckley: the right word
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Audience level: 0.39 (from 0.25 for Jesse's wo ... to 0.85 for Random Hou ...)

The F-word
Alternative Names
Jesse Sheidlower American lexicographer

English (30)

Jesse's word of the day : from abacinate to yonic