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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (9 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198607636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198607632
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of several language titles. His publications include the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, the Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language, the Longman Register of New Words, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins and Twentieth 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Denne on 30 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
It's a corker (an excellent person or thing; something that closes a discussion, from the notion of putting a cork in it), a cracker, a whizz, a snozzler (if you're a New Zealander), even a piss-cutter (North American, naturally) or any one of numerous alternatives, all dated, located and explained.
It's also a must for anyone interested in the development of language. It covers everything, from The Body and its Parts (many, many words, some guaranteed to leave you gobsmacked (1985, British)) to Abstract Qualities and States. And it's well arranged by subject in the form of a thesaurus, with a convenient dictionary at the back.
But a word of warning: start to browse, and you'll find it unputdownable.
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I use this book mainly to look at synonyms – for example, American or Australian words equivalent to a bit of English slang. For this purpose it's excellent. But who was the idiot who placed the page numbers on the INSIDE margin of the pages? It makes the book very much harder to use, and for that reason I've docked it a star. Incidentally the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms suffers from the same fault, so it's clearly a conscious design decision, not the work of a bird-brained printer.
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By scgc on 9 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
Useful, but not very easy to find your way around - simple alphabetical like most dictionaries would have been better.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2000
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I was hoping to find a dictionary that explains in simple language what the slang means. This one definitely doesn't. It mainly gives the origin of the word and an old example from sixties or something. Also there are no definitions. Not very useful really, because it doesn't help to understand what the slang means.
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Oxford Dictionary of Slang 9 Feb 2009
By KPRP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This title had practically everything I expected in a dictionary of modern (and not-so-modern) slang terms.
SLANG WORDS AND PHRASES 25 Sep 2014
By Robert Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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The Oxford Dictionary of Slang is a handy volume containing, of course, all those salty little words you won't find in the Dictionary. The book is set up with words listed in various categories ie. the body and its function, articles and substances, location and movement etc. There are 474 pages containing many hundreds of words and phrases. The print is very small so you might need a magnifier to read them. The index lists all the words in alphabetical order which makes them easier to locate.

It's an essential book for the writer or for anyone else who wants to know the meanings slang words and phrases.
Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice book
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Great 6 Nov 2012
By Caritas22 - Published on Amazon.com
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Was very pleased with item and delivery was prompt. Well packaged. Can't think of anything else to say about the produce as it satisfied my needs.
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