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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition - Second Impression edition (8 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199571996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199571994
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.5 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julie Coleman is Professor of English Language at the University of Leicester. She was born in Coventry in 1966 and attended Finham Park Comprehensive, followed by Manchester University and King's College London. Follow her blog at http://lifeofenglish.blogspot.com/.

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This book offers an entertaining and informative insight into the living and ever-developing creature that is slang in the English language. The title is particularly fitting, given that the book provides a natural history of slang, i.e., how it is created, how it develops, how it adapts and survives, and how it spreads into wider use. (Forum for Modern Language Studies)

Enjoyable and succinct. Rarely, since Eric Partridge, has any scholar evinced such pleasure in the vulgar tongue... Coleman is a "top banana". (Robert McCrum, The Observer)

Completely fascinating ... immensely enjoyable ... Coleman's thinking lifts this book above the usual semi-disposable level of writing about rude words. (James McConnachie, The Sunday Times)

Coleman relishes slang in all its chewy, vigorous glory, and gives a sociological insight ... This book is the 'cat's whiskers' (The Independent on Sunday)

About the Author

Julie Coleman was born in Coventry and attended Finham Park Comprehensive. She studied at Manchester University and King's College London, taught at Lund University in Sweden, and is now a Professor in the School of English at the University of Leicester. She has written several books about dictionaries.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lwuzzo on 22 May 2012
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One supposes the author may have reflected a bit before choossing her "life of Slang" title fo this book. Well researched (it appears to the non-expert), it ranges widely over slang in different varieties of English, including information on first dating and observed usage. The message about the varied experiences of items of slang -- used over a long period unchanged or almost so, enduring but with varieties of meaning, quickly abandoned, and so forth -- comes across informatively. The book does have a go at providing some general analysis and theory, but really the volume serves best the opportunist, as something to the picked up when the moment offers and read in modest chunks so that relatively more gets remembered.
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It is difficult to find much information about slang and its usage. This book helped me a lot to write my thesis, which is about the translation of slang. I needed a book that could provide some information about British slang, its origins and usage, and this book gave details to understand better what slang is and how it works. I have not had enough time to read the whole book yet, but everything I read was really helpful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Dorf on 30 Nov 2012
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This book is well researched but not an easy read. Certainly not one to be read at length, it needs to be broken down into small 'bite sized chunks', although reading this in bed may cause you to wake suddenly finding the light still on and the book on your chest.
My biggest criticism is that a book written by a British based Professor in a UK University English department and printed by the Oxford University Press uses american spellings, unforgivable.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Svetlana on 17 July 2012
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The purchased book is rated very highly ("5") by me. It's in a perfect state. It was delievered in time. I am very content with your services.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Tracey Stephenson on 5 May 2012
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My husband, my boys' father is fascinated by words and slang, so when I saw this in what other people ordered with this item (Etymologicon), I thought I would buy the
book on the boys behalf. Needless to say it hasn't been father's day yet, so we cannot possibly anticipate the result but the item arrived on time, was described well, was well packaged and value for money. I am sure he will be pleased with this item.
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