- Hardcover: 1508 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 2nd Revised edition edition (17 Nov. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304366366
- ISBN-13: 978-0304366361
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 18 x 6.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cassell's Dictionary of Slang 2nd edition Hardcover – 17 Nov 2005
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'New, lewder, fatter, gorsser. Green's appetite for lex from the wrong side of the tracks is massive.' (Jonathon Meades EVENING STANDARD)
'Magnificent... I felt quite pale after a while at the endless catalogue of things we do to each other.' (Miles Kington THE INDEPENDENT)
'Dr Johnson would have moaned with delight.' (Andrew Marr DAILY TELEGRAPH)
'this magnificent book will guarantee you hours and hours of enjoyment, expoloring the vulgar inventiveness of living language. Every home should have a copy.' (THE HERALD (GLASGOW))
About the Author
Jonathon Green is Britain's leading lexicographer of slang. Among his many language-related publications are the Macmillan Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, The Slang Thesaurus, Slang Down the Ages, The Dictionary of Jargon, and Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the World They Made. The first edition of the bestselling Cassell's Dictionary of Slang appeared in 1998.
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I have been doing work on the period around 1900 and wanted to learn which slang was in use then and which wasn't. There were a number of late 19th century slang dictionaries you can find, and monographs on college slang, criminal slang, etc.
But most of the other reference books are no help. DARE looks deeply at some, seemingly randomly chosen, terms, but misses the vast majority.
Chambers Slang Dictionary actually tells you when the word was used, and often where specifically. You can search it on Google books, which is a great help because that's the one problem with a print copy: you can't look up by definition. You should do that because you'll see how much info is in each entry.
But buy the book, it's fun just to sit and read the entries.
I've spent a decent amount of money on reference materials recently and this is the one item I can honestly say is worth several times what I paid for it.