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Cassell Dictionary Of Slang Paperback – 13 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 1326 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (13 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304351679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304351671
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The dictionary of the decade: the first comprehensive new survey of English slang to have appeared in over 60 years. Now available in paperback.

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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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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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This is a good book to look up all those words by native speakers that you hear all the time.
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This is a very extensive dictionary of slang from the English speaking countries of the world. Unfortunately it lumps all West Indian countries into one, neglecting the variations in culture and language between them which are as varied as English local cultures and language (compare Dorset with Birmingham!). That said, it is a very good slang dictionary, though not exhaustive, if you're a serious researcher you will also require other specialised slang dictionaries. I say buy it!
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