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The Cassell Dictionary of Slang [Hardcover]

Jonathon Green
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4 Dec 1998
Over 10,000 copies sold in hardback Over 1.5 million words of text and 75,000 entries, covering slang from every part of the English-speaking world from the sixteenth century to the present day Each entry records the date when a slang word appeared, whether it is still in use, and in what countries it is used Detailed etymologies throughout, showing how slang usages evolved and how they relate to one another Coverage of every area of slang: drugs words, criminal terms, swear words, humorous expressions, sex etc.


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  • Hardcover: 1326 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell, London; First Edition edition (4 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304344354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304344352
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathon Green is Britain's foremost lexicographer of slang. His many publications include the Chambers Slang Dictionary, the Slang Thesaurus and Slang Down the Ages. He has also compiled dictionaries of quotations and oral histories of modern culture. His latest work is the multi-volume Green's Dictionary of Slang on Historical Principles.

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There is always a certain contradiction implicit in a dictionary of slang--a clash between the authority and control implicit in a dictionary and the endless self-invention and self-regeneration of slang. Slang is often the language of minorities and underclasses and subcultures; and almost always a way of getting on with your own business in words that the official cannot hear or understand. Green has the right paradoxical combination of the obsessive collector and control-freak and the libertine who likes to luxuriate in language at play. His background in the underground press of the Sixties and his role as oral historian guarantee his sympathies, while his various dictionaries and his excellent history of dictionaries Chasing the Sun, are solid indicators of his scholarship. It is a matter of some daring to take on the subject that Eric Partridge made so totally his own--and Green does magnificently for the second half of our century what Partridge did for the first. This is an essential reference book and also an important part of late 20th-century social history, an age of drugs, popular culture and vivid minority language: Green has taken on a huge project and entirely succeeded in it. --Roz Kaveney

About the Author

Jonathon Green is a writer and broadcaster with a particular interest in colloquial English and slang. His many credits include the Pan Dictionary of Modern Slang and Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made. He lives in north London (N7).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent language-lover's resource 10 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
Reaching back into English for some centuries and reaching through English as it's written & spoken today in many nations, this dictionary offers what seems a unique guide to the use of words and more particularly, phrases, that I can't find defined in any other work. Indispensable for those who really want to understand exactly what they're reading.
Nice touch: the editor's introduction comes complete with an e-mail address. Any reader who finds a usage that Jonathon Green doesn't know about, is free to send it in for future editions. But I personally find few usages that Jonathon Green doesn't know about.
Excellent work but, because of attention paid to "rude words", probably not a good gift for children.
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By Laverne
Format:Paperback
This huge dictionary of slang is clearly a labour of love as well as a work of art. It is comprehensive too, covering filth and general swearing, but so much more too. It really is a good and hilarious read - you get led down all kinds of unexpected pathways. A deeply rewarding, educational book and just right for reading in bed (if rather heavy). Top book: well done that man!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good source for everyday words 7 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a good book to look up all those words by native speakers that you hear all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic 22 Oct 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is now the standard work on slang in the English language, and a dazzling scholarly achievement by our foremost lexicographer. It is astonishingly comprehensive, admirably clear and a pleasure just for reference or for browsing. A must-buy.
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