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Chambers Slang Dictionary

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  • Publisher: Chambers (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550105638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550105639
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 15.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,492,590 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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To winch the dictionary onto your knee and open its pages is like entering an orchard full of strange and wonderful fruit. (Chav? That's SO September 10th - Seven magazine, The Sunday Telegraph)

A mighty tome dedicated to language's seedier denizens. ('Green's search for slanging match', Camden New Journal)

The most-acclaimed British lexicographer since Johnson has every right to blow off ("late 18th century: to boast, to brag". What did you think?) as he wraps up a new edition of this most mind-bendingly addictive guide to taboo talk. (Boyd Tonkin, The Independent)

Whether one trawls the pages of Green's dictionary or merely glances at them, rich discoveries are certain. ('Fulham virgins and other slang pleasures', Harry Hitchings, The Times)

'Mr Slang, aka Jonathon Green' (Martin Amis, Experience)

Jonathon Green's Chambers Slang Dictionary... contains more than 4,500 words for drink, 4,000 for drugs, 2,400 for idiots and 634 for buttocks.

It covers five centuries of language from the wrong side of the tracks, but it is the youngest entries that provide some of the greatest amusement.

A Giorgio Armani, for example, in rhyming slang, is a sarnie and a squirrel-kisser is an environmentalist.

(Mark Sanderson, Literary Life, Sunday Telegraph)

Jonathon Green is the nation's indefatigable lexicographer of filth, a tireless troweller in the slurry of the unsayable. His Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (1998) and Chambers Slang Dictionary (2008) are phenomenal compendia of "non-standard usages," ranging across the whole lexicon of English bar-room coinages. (John Walsh, 'Hail to the Professor of Profanity', The Independent)

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The largest single-volume slang dictionary available

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Better than your average dictionary the author gives comprehensive descriptions of every slang word or phrase you've heard of and thousands you won't have. He has a wickedly humerous way of describing the words (esp the rude ones!) that encourages you to keep searching and indeed "reading" the blinking thing.

loses a point for lack of portability but that is being overly churlish perhaps.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Nicholas Le Poidevin on 3 Mar. 2010
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Chambers Slang Dictionary

Congratulations to the author for putting together nearly 1,500 pages of slang from all over the English speaking world and from every depth of sub-culture. It is far more comprehensive but in someways complementary to the Oxford Dictionaries of Slang and Modern Slang. It shares the defect of the latter by not having an index nor an arrangement by subjects also it has less information about origins and usage of words. That apart it will be of great value to authors that wish to verify that a particular expression is found in a particular country or at a particular time. I can see it also as having great value to professionals working with a range of sub-cultures, ethnic, drugs, criminal, sexual and so on. An understanding of words used by such sub-cultures should greatly assist communication with clients - (or detainees)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Hamilton on 6 Aug. 2009
This is a great book. Everything you ever wanted to know about slang. I got completely hooked. There are fantastic expressions from all over the world in here. Highly recommended
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