Never before has the language of hockey been documented in dictionary form in one all-encompassing volume. From early terms to contemporary, The Complete Hockey Dictionary is the most inclusive and original publication ever undertaken, an authoritative and entertaining reference book to the games long and evolving use of English for its own purpose.
The Complete Hockey Dictionary is not an almanac or encyclopedia. It is a place where the language of the game is defined and celebrated, often to humorous effect. What is incorporated within this hefty tome are the words and flavour of the game, the language used to describe and develop hockey from its pre-puck origins in Egypt five thousand years ago right up to the present language used by today's most recognized and respected broadcasters.
Hockey Talk is neither an almanac nor an encyclopedia, but a place where the language of the game is defined and celebrated. Expert Andrew Podnieks captures the unique flavor of hockey through the words that characterize it. Familiar English words take on unusual and often comical meaning when applied to hockey, as this exhaustive work shows. For instance, a puck is a ?cowpie,” while ?wall rats” are those unfortunate fans in the SRO section of the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. This is a must-read for both hockey lovers and language mavens.
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