Oxford Dictionary of Slang

Oxford Dictionary of Slang

by John Ayto

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Overview

The ideal reference for those interested in the more quirky and unofficial words used in English. Each area of life and each aspect of the world that generates slang is explored in turn. Including surprisingly old words such as booze and guzzle as well as the most up-to-date words like humongous and lunchbox, this fascinating book is sure to provide a stonking good read for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198607632
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/10/2003
Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Ayto is a professional lexicographer and author. His previous publications include The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, The Oxford Diner's Dictionary, and A Gourmet's Guide: Food & Drink from A-Z. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Prefacev
The body and its Functions1
1.The body and its Parts1
2.Nakedness11
3.Physique12
4.Sight, Vision13
5.Hearing15
6.Smell16
7.Bodily Functions16
8.Pregnancy & Childbirth21
9.Tiredness22
10.Sleep23
11.Illness26
12.Death30
People and Society33
1.Ethnic & National groups33
2.People42
3.Children49
4.Relations51
5.Terms of Address52
6.Groups54
7.Status55
8.Social Categories60
9.Conventionality61
10.Friends62
11.Solitude63
12.Sex64
13.Sexual Orientation81
14.Prostitution84
15.Crime87
16.Killing102
17.Reprimanding & Punishing104
18.The Police107
19.Prisons111
20.Vagrancy115
21.Politics116
22.Military, Maritime, & Airforce119
23.Espionage127
24.Religion128
Animals130
Sustenance and Intoxication134
1.Foodstuffs134
2.Eating & Drinking138
3.Alcohol142
4.Tobacco155
5.Drugs156
Articles and Substances168
1.Things168
2.Clothing & Accessories169
3.Tools, Implements, & Containers175
4.Weapons175
5.Explosives177
6.Dirt & Cleanliness177
Money, Commerce, and Employment180
1.Money180
2.Bribery193
3.Work195
4.Business & Commerce201
5.Dismissal204
Behaviour, Attitudes, and Emotions206
1.Behaviour206
2.Favour & Disfavour207
3.Wanting & Getting209
4.Ambition210
5.Indifference210
6.Excellence, Remarkableness211
7.Beauty & Ugliness219
8.Bad Quality220
9.Unpleasantness222
10.Contemptibleness227
11.Ineffectualness, Incompetence228
12.Sentimentality231
13.Fairness & Unfairness232
14.Pleasure, Enjoyment233
15.Laughter & Amusement237
16.Gratitude239
17.Depression239
18.Hopelessness240
19.Confusion240
20.Trouble241
21.Excitement244
22.Eagerness, Enthusiasm245
23.Effort246
24.Surprise247
25.Boredom & Disenchantment250
26.Composure251
27.A Fuss252
28.Anger252
29.Argument, Quarrelling257
30.Violence258
31.Caution264
32.Nervousness, Agitation265
33.Fear267
34.Courage & Cowardice268
35.Perseverance270
36.Conceit, Boastfulness, Ostentation271
37.Audacity & Rudeness274
38.Contempt275
39.Meanness276
40.Honesty277
41.Sincerity & Insincerity278
42.Lying281
43.Deception, Cheating282
44.Betrayal287
45.Exploitation290
46.Slyness, Artfulness291
47.Secrecy, Confidentiality, Concealment291
48.Energy, Vigour292
49.Laziness293
Thought and Communication296
1.Belief & Disbelief296
2.Understanding297
3.Knowledge & Ignorance298
4.Skill300
5.Sanity301
6.Foolishness306
7.Gullibility312
8.Education313
9.Communication316
10.Greetings & Farewells325
11.Complaining326
12.Criticism328
13.Ridicule330
14.Assent & Refusal331
15.Nonsense334
16.Emphatic Language335
17.Imprecations341
18.Names343
The Arts, Entertainment, and the Media344
1.Entertainment344
2.Journalism & Newspapers349
3.Music & Dance350
4.Sport353
5.Cards & Gambling359
Time and Tide361
1.Time361
2.Beginning362
3.Deferral & Stopping363
4.Experience & Inexperience365
5.Fashionableness, Stylishness366
6.Old369
7.Weather371
8.Temperature372
Location and Movement373
1.Places373
2.Habitation, Territory376
3.Remoteness & Nearness377
4.Movement378
5.Falling380
6.Speed380
7.Arrival382
8.Departure383
9.Transport386
10.Vehicles389
Abstract Qualities and States394
1.Size394
2.Quantity396
3.Fate401
4.Possibility, Probability, & Certainty402
5.Risk404
6.Advantage & Disadvantage404
7.Easiness406
8.Difficulty407
9.Precision, Approximation, & Correctness408
10.Mistakes409
11.Success410
12.Spoiling, Ruination413
13.Failure417
14.Defeat & Victory419
15.Power, Influence421
16.Coercion422
17.Organization423
18.Subservience424
19.Genuineness & Spuriousness424
20.Triviality, Insignificance425
21.Similarity426
22.Suitability426
23.Strangeness427
24.Severity, Oppressiveness427
25.Searching428
26.Intrusion429
27.Involvement430
28.Sharing, Distribution430
29.Avoidance431
30.Abandonment432
Index434

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Oxford Dictionary of Slang 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one of the few books I found that had explanations of the slang words. IT is a good source of finding new information of the words being used among students