The extensive list of terms defined in The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy and the books' lofty goal of defining “common cultural knowledge” make it a go-to-reference manual for anyone who wants to understand the world in which she lives.
The entries cover the answers to history, religion, language, technology, science, and even the meaning and cultural significance of various sayings and proverbs. Use it as a source of research to write papers, a source of information so you can look up a joke you heard on TV that went over your head, or just a general guide to everything about American culture that you should have learned.
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