Louis S. Leland Jr. has been a
professor of psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, for
more than twenty years. He regularly contributes to psychology journals and
heads the department's Community Behavioral Change Program. The program allows
students to study and improve community awareness of and contribution to areas
such as recycling, refugee aide, and donor volunteering.
Mr. Leland has also written the
perfect translation from American English, chiefly Texan and Ohioan, to New
Zealand English. He was inspired by the experience of his wife, a native New
Zealander, or Kiwi, who moved to the United States for a year during high
school. Needing an eraser in class one day, she leaned over to her classmate and
asked if he had a rubber. She was baffled by his response and slightly
uncomfortable thereafter; a guide such as this would have helped.
Composed in equal parts of fact and
hilarity, this specialized dictionary will aid the traveler, amuse the linguist,
and delight even the casual observer. A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary
is also the perfect companion to Pelican's comprehensive Maverick Guide to
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