on 10 January 2001
Reaching back into English for some centuries and reaching through English as it's written & spoken today in many nations, this dictionary offers what seems a unique guide to the use of words and more particularly, phrases, that I can't find defined in any other work. Indispensable for those who really want to understand exactly what they're reading.
Nice touch: the editor's introduction comes complete with an e-mail address. Any reader who finds a usage that Jonathon Green doesn't know about, is free to send it in for future editions. But I personally find few usages that Jonathon Green doesn't know about.
Excellent work but, because of attention paid to "rude words", probably not a good gift for children.
on 22 October 2001
This is now the standard work on slang in the English language, and a dazzling scholarly achievement by our foremost lexicographer. It is astonishingly comprehensive, admirably clear and a pleasure just for reference or for browsing. A must-buy.
on 11 October 2007
This huge dictionary of slang is clearly a labour of love as well as a work of art. It is comprehensive too, covering filth and general swearing, but so much more too. It really is a good and hilarious read - you get led down all kinds of unexpected pathways. A deeply rewarding, educational book and just right for reading in bed (if rather heavy). Top book: well done that man!
on 4 December 2003
This is a very extensive dictionary of slang from the English speaking countries of the world. Unfortunately it lumps all West Indian countries into one, neglecting the variations in culture and language between them which are as varied as English local cultures and language (compare Dorset with Birmingham!). That said, it is a very good slang dictionary, though not exhaustive, if you're a serious researcher you will also require other specialised slang dictionaries. I say buy it!
on 22 June 2011
Hard to credit that one man wrote this, over five years. A thing of wonder (viz the seven meanings listed for breeze as a noun) worldwide in scope, it kicks Partridge, the only previous opposition - though long considered a joke - into the long grass. Give the geezer (see that entry for some typical Partridgian whimsy) a knighthood! And no, you *don't* in my view need any bigger, better, later edition. The present (1998) volume is unreasonably, astonishingly capacious, thanks to its rigorous policy of excluding cross-references (no 'pot, going to', see ..) which you don't need because it's all there (in this instance under g for 'go to pot') and there's always the internet for recent stuff - mazzy, anyone? If I were God I might make my Softback Preview edition do time in Purgatory to attone for that excruciating (uncredited!) cover; otherwise, like baby bear's porridge, it's just right