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Cassell's Dictionary of Slang 2nd edition Hardcover – 17 Nov 2005

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Product details

  • 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)

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'mightily impressive' (IRISH TIMES)

'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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It's a brilliant book. I had it on semi-permanent loan from the library (!) and finally felt guilty and thought I should buy my own copy. It's a must for any writer.
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this book can be left in a waiting room or just left lying about. it is very enjoyable reading; just opening it at any random page and read the amazing explanations of slang and origins is entertaining in itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Oct. 2016
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it explained words that I use so I get what is said
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beats it, or even comes close... 21 Aug. 2011
By Bob_in_MA - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a unique resource.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource 28 Nov. 2012
By Malcolm R. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great source, in part because it provides the time periods in which slang terms were used. Its failing is the lack of a reverse index. The book is organized in alphabetical order by slang, but without a reverse index of standard words pointing to their slang counterparts, there's no way to look up a slang term if you don't already know the term. Many quotation books have general indexes in the back allowing readers to look up words/phrases and then find applicable quotes. Cassell's needs similar feature. Other than this flaw, this is an outstanding compilation of our developing language,
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5.0 out of 5 stars a monumental work 7 July 2006
By Arieh Golan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The dictionary is fantastic .Tracing slang from the 16th century to the present is no mean feat.However, the omission of some slang expressions , namely between a rock and a hard place or couldn't organize a two-car funeral , is odd.I personally prefer dictioaries that are organized according to keywords rather than alphabetically , but considering everything ,the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it like a boyfriend 6 Jun. 2015
By Aundrea Singer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this dictionary! The entries are endlessly fascinating, and there's nothing quite as wonderful when you're writing a piece of historical fiction than to be able to use terms that your characters would've actually said at the time. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because the only way to search is alphabetical. If there was an index to let the reader search by subject as well, it'd be perfect.
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