Cassell's Dictionary of Slang

Cassell's Dictionary of Slang

by Jonathon Green
     
 

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All types of slang terms and expressions are included: criminal jargon, the language of sex, drink and drugs, slang associated with different ways of life, insults, swear words and expletives, rhyming slang and back slang. They are drawn from a vast range of sources, oral and written, and from all parts of the English-speaking world, from London to the Bronx and from…  See more details below

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All types of slang terms and expressions are included: criminal jargon, the language of sex, drink and drugs, slang associated with different ways of life, insults, swear words and expletives, rhyming slang and back slang. They are drawn from a vast range of sources, oral and written, and from all parts of the English-speaking world, from London to the Bronx and from Australia to South Africa. In every case, Jonathon Green painstakingly supplies a wealth of annotation and background detail. He explains precisely what each slang word or phrase means, where it originated, when it was first coined and whether it is still in use. He draws the reader's attention to comparable words and expressions. And, wherever possible, he traces the often tortuous routes by which slang words evolved and then either became common currency or faded away. Throughout, he conveys a sense of the vibrancy of slang, its wit and humour, and the fascinating insights it offers into the attitudes and obsessions of successive generations. In effect, his dictionary provides over 65,000 snapshot views of the life and development of a language and of the very varied cultures that nourish it.

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Library Journal
This broadly entertaining resource "covers the waterfront" with "lingo" and "bits and bobs" from English-speaking countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, parts of the Caribbean, and the United States. It features 70,000 words and phrases dating from the early 16th century to the present. Typical entries include parts of speech, etymology (Yiddish, Standard English, and Old English), approximate time periods, geography, brief definitions, some usage examples, and occasional cross references. Entries such as "nudnik" (an insignificant person), "New York minute" (in an instant), "La-La Land" (Los Angeles or a fantasy world), and "beam me up, Scotty" (a desire to be elsewhere, an illicit drug mixture, or a catchphrase from the Star Trek series) will delight some readers. Although by definition slang can be vulgar and coarse, scatological, derogatory, and sexual terms seem to predominate here. This paperback edition corresponds to the previous hardback edition (LJ 5/1/99). Libraries that already own NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions (LJ 6/00) or Oxford Dictionary of Slang (LJ 3/1/99) will still want to purchase this resource because of its broader coverage and affordable price.--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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ISBN-13:
9780304351671
Publisher:
Cassell Reference
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Pages:
1326
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 9.09(h) x 2.28(d)

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