The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang

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Highly readable and lively, The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang is the ultimate guide to this perennially captivating subject. This new volume charts the 150-year history of rhyming slang from its origins in 19th century cockney rhyming slang to modern popney rhyming slang. Unlike other dictionaries of its kind, The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang is organized thematically, with slang words gathered under headings such as "food and drink," "sex," "clothing," and "illness." Illustrating how rich and ...
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Highly readable and lively, The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang is the ultimate guide to this perennially captivating subject. This new volume charts the 150-year history of rhyming slang from its origins in 19th century cockney rhyming slang to modern popney rhyming slang. Unlike other dictionaries of its kind, The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang is organized thematically, with slang words gathered under headings such as "food and drink," "sex," "clothing," and "illness." Illustrating how rich and entertaining a language form it is, author John Ayto provides extensive examples and explores the range and development of rhyming slang throughout its history. From "silver spoon" (moon) to "alligator" (later) to "Jack and Jill" (hill), this reference is an authoritative and up-to-date guide to this colorful corner of language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192801227
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of several language titles. His previous books for OUP include 'The Oxford Dictionary of Slang', 'The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang', 'The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language'. His most recent book was '20th Century Words' (OUP, 1999), which was reviewed as 'An absolutely terrific book, brimming with nostalgia, thoroughly addictive and full of surprises'.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
People and the Human Condition 1
The Body and its Parts 11
The Senses 38
In the Lav 42
Illness 50
Ethnic and National Groups 64
Relatives and Friends 73
Behaviour, Attitudes, and Emotions 79
Sense and Nonsense 88
Sex 95
Crime and Punishment 109
Animals 121
Food and Drink 127
Alcohol and other Drugs 148
Household Matters 171
Clothing 194
Money and Commerce 213
Work and its Lack 227
At Leisure 231
Sport 240
Gambling 245
Communication 250
Transport and Travel 256
Time and Tide 265
Location 271
Quality and Quantity 274
Numbers 278
Index 285
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