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H.L. Mencken (1880–1956).  The American Language.  1921.

List of Words and Phrases
 
betray, 150
be treated good, vp., 136
betterment, 96
betterments, 39
bet your life, vp., 107
bevo officer, 370
bhoy, 107
biased, 226
bid, n., 113
biff, v., 365, 384
big-bug, 95
big-chief, 52
big-stick, 362, 405
bild, 246
bile, v., 42, 100, 315
bill-board, 35, 113, 117, 168
billion, 95
biloferi, 421
bilt, 231
bin, v., 272, 288
bind, 272
bindery, 59
bingle, 129
biograph, v., 174
biplan, 242
biplane, 242
bir, 413
bird, 365
biscuit, 64, 114
bishop, 99
bit, 287
bitch, 148, 149
bite, v., 272, 287
bitten, 272, 287
bizar, 245
blacco enze, 409
black-country, 126
black-hand, 409
black-stripe, 99
blast, 70
blather, 217
bleachers, 122, 128, 190
bled, 272
bleed, 272
bleeding, 156
blew, 272, 283
blighter, 153
blimp, 369
blind-baggage, 97
blind-pig, 100
blind tiger, 41
blizzard, 95, 125, 162
block, 126, 127, 362
block-head, 365
blofero, 404
blofista, 161, 404
blond, 251
blonde, 251
blooded, 61
blood-poison, 150
bloody, 24, 155
bloomer, 95
blouse, 116, 118
blow, v., 60, 272, 283
blowed, 272, 283
blow-out, 95
blue-blazer, 99
blue-grass, 56, 126
bluff, n., 56, 407, 414, 245, 352; bluff, v., 161, 384, 405, 281
bluffer, 404, 406, 407
blufferké, 407
blurb, 186
blurt, 186
blutwurst, 103
bo, 185, 251
boar, 149
boarder, 113, 117
board-school, 115, 120
board-walk, 113
bob-sled, 57
bobby, 122
boche, 333, 368
bock-beer, 103
bog, 57, 125
boggé, 414
boghie, 398
bogie, 97, 116
bogus, 53, 61, 93
bohee, 333
boheme, 185
bohick, 333
bohunk, 333
boil, n., v., 106, 315
boiled-shirt, 95
bolt, vp., 98
bolter, 98
bom, 246
bombo, 405
bomma, 411, 410
bonanza, 101
bonehead, 154, 190, 191, 365
bonnet, 114
boob, 14, 154, 159, 185, 191
booch, 398
boocoop, 370
boodle, 98, 158
boodler, 98, 406
book, v., 123
booking-office, 97, 116
bookseller’s shop, 39
book-shop, 168
book-store, 39
boom, n., 366, 405, 406; boom, v., 32, 92, 163
boomer, 92
boom-town, 92
boost, n., 151, 158, 186; boost, v., 92, 159, 163
boot, 26, 63, 113, 116, 122, 127, 168, 219, 239
bootery, 187
boot-lace, 116
boot-legger, 16, 100
boot-maker, 63, 116, 168
boot-polish, 116
boots, 26
boot-shop, 63, 168
boot-tree, 116
booze-hister, 315
boozery, 187
booze-foundry, 365
boracic, 254
bordo, 410
Bordox, 320
boric, 254
boro, 246, 355
borough, suf., 355
bortsch, 398
bosom, 149
boss, n., 15, 39, 54, 81, 124, 159, 383, 384, 401, 420, 406; boss, v., 92, 163, 384
bosso, 410
bösta, 413
bottom, n., 352; bottom, v., 49
bottom dollar, 95
bottom-land, 39, 56
bottoms, 56
bought, 272
boughten, 269, 272, 281, 284
boulevard, 200, 319, 320, 358
bouncer, 92, 100
bound, v., 272
bourgeois, 132
bower, 104
bowler, 114, 118, 164
box, n., 122
box-car, 97
box-office clerk, 145
box-office junior clerk, 145
boy, 406
boychick, 407
bozart, 251
braces, 26, 116, 118, 239
bracken, 57, 114
brain-storm, 175
brainy, 94
brakeman, 113
brakesman, 113
branch, n., 56, 70, 214, 352
brand-new, 211
brandy, 184
brandy-champarelle, 99
brandy-crusta, 99
brand-new, 211, 317
brang, 272
brash, 94
braten, 103
brave, n., 101
breaded, 278
breadery, 187
breadstuffs, 50, 61, 63
break away, vp., 384
break, v., 272
break-bone, 365
breakdown, 54
breakfast, 119
bred, n., 245
breakfast, 245
brethern, 318
breve, 132
brevier, 132
brevis, 132
briar, 224, 240
briccoliere, 411
bridal couple, 147
bridge-fiend, 194
brief, v., 125
brier, 224, 241
brig, 184
brilliant, 132
bring, 272
brioche, 202
Briticism, 12
broad-gauge man, 97
broiler, 119
broke, 272
broken, 272
broker, 123
bromid, 245
bronchitis, 218
broncho, 101, 420
broncho-buster, 101
broom, 219
brought, 272
brown-shoes, 127
brung, 272, 277
brusk, 225
brusque, 219
bryanize, 191
bub, 67
buck, n., 149; buck, v., 319
buck-board, 401
bucket, 171
bucket-shop, 161
Buckeye, 41

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