Green's Dictionary of Slang: Three-volume set

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The three volumes of Green's Dictionary of Slang demonstrate the sheer scope of a lifetime of research by Jonathon Green, the leading slang lexicographer of our time. A remarkable collection of this often reviled but endlessly fascinating area of the English language, it covers slang from the past five centuries right up to the present day, from all the different English-speaking countries and regions. Totaling 10.3 million words and over 53,000 entries, the collection provides the definitions of 100,000 words ...
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Overview


The three volumes of Green's Dictionary of Slang demonstrate the sheer scope of a lifetime of research by Jonathon Green, the leading slang lexicographer of our time. A remarkable collection of this often reviled but endlessly fascinating area of the English language, it covers slang from the past five centuries right up to the present day, from all the different English-speaking countries and regions. Totaling 10.3 million words and over 53,000 entries, the collection provides the definitions of 100,000 words and over 413,000 citations. Every word and phrase is authenticated by genuine and fully-referenced citations of its use, giving the work a level of authority and scholarship unmatched by any other publication in this field.

Winner of the Dartmouth Medal
RUSA/ALA Outstanding Reference Source
2011 Booklist Editors' Choice

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 6000-page compilation of some 110,000 choice unconventional English specimens is a verbivore's delight. Geographically wide-ranging, this work seeks out and samples vulgar English wherever it is spoken, e.g., South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the Caribbean, though British and American slang are most prominent. Many coinages are hundreds of years old, especially those of the four-letter variety, and they, too, can be found in these pages, as can those of a more recent minting. Each entry follows a standard format and includes a headword; word class (noun, adjective, etc.); variant spellings; word history/derivation; usage notes; meaning, broken down by sense; and citations, which comprise the bulk of the entry, listing date, title of literary work, and author. Every entry does not contain all of the elements, but the citations are copious without fail. The introductory essay on the nature and history of English slang is both entertaining and enlightening, while the user's guide, sample entry layout, and list of abbreviations are invaluable to making full use of the scholarship. Speaking of, the efforts of slang-slingers past (paging Eric Partridge!) have in large measure been incorporated here: no fewer than 46 slang dictionaries were mined for material, these being a mere subset of the approximately 6000 items listed in the bibliography at the end of Volume 3. BOTTOM LINE A life's work in lexicography has earned for Green the epithet Mister Slang, and this is truly the capstone of his career. In a word, fantabulous! Love it or loathe it, slanguage is a fact of life, so these volumes will appeal to the idiom savant in us all. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.—Michael F. Bemis, Washington Cty. Lib., Woodbury, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780550104403
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2011
  • Pages: 6000
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 6.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathon Green, a lexicographer, is the author of the Chambers Slang Dictionary (2008) and Chasing the Sun (1996). He has published books since the 1970s, on topics ranging from occupational jargon to censorship, and is a regular radio and television commentator.

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