Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

by Tony Thorne
     
 

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With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions.See more details below

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With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rife with ribaldry, with an amusing contrast between tart words and cool, analytical definitions, this book may mobilize the censors. A typical entry has variant spelling or wording, geographical range, meanings, and comments--often guesswork--on tone, nuance, associations, social context, history, derivation, and related words. Pronunciation is sometimes left unclear. A few slang styles, such as backslang and pig Latin, are noted. Published as the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Contemporary Slang in Britain , this work covers Britain, the United States, and Australia well, other English-speaking areas lightly. The author, a lexicographer, draws from the media and personal observation of such users of slang as hippies and Valley Girls. Recommended more as a fun reflection of speech in recent decades than as definitive scholarship.-- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
From the Publisher
“Thorne is a noted British lexicographer, and his book is most useful for collections wanting the latest in British slang, including bawdy, vulgar, and repurposed words that currently enliven informal speech.” –Pamela Palmer, University of Memphis, CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408102206
Publisher:
BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
File size:
1 MB

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