Incorporating slang newly emerged or otherwise evolved since the 1996 edition, Ayto (Twentieth Century Words ) and Simpson (chief editor, OED ) have expanded the compilation to over 6000 words and phrases harvested from the Oxford English Dictionary database. Each paragraph-long entry presents an abbreviated etymological provenance, its connotative meaning-whether derogatory or unobjectionably humorous-and employs the word in a sentence to ensure thorough understanding of usage. Recommended for contemporary English literature and cultural studies collections.
Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slangby John Ayto, John Simpson
A vibrant collection of over 5,000 modern slang terms with illustrative sentences by writers such as John Updike, Gore Vidal, Louise Erdrich, and Jessica Mitford. Lists the various senses of a word in chronological order, with the date each sense appeared in print. Provides etymologies of slang words wherever possible. Includes words from the U.S., Great Britain, and Australia.
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John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles.
John Simpson is Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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