The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 24 Feb 2005
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Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles, including the Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language, the Longman Register of New Words, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, Twentieth Century Words, and Wobbly Bits and Other Euphemisms. He is also editor of the latest edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Dr John Simpson is Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, author of a number of books, and a leading expert on English slang. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Modern Slang arrived at iHubbub HQ to be reviewed it should have duly been stacked at the bottom of my review pile, but something about the cover (maybe the wedge of cheese) made me flick through it before jamming it under at least 17 others.
And before I knew it, I was in writers' wonderland!
At first flicking through and then avidly fixated with each page. If dinner, partners, kids and life in general didn't get in the way, an aspiring writer, and indeed any well-tuned author, could get lost in this book only to reappear when they've chewed through every word.
Not only can you find modern ways with dialogue, but you can create sparkling `labels' for your characters. Have a good nose through the thematic section, it's like bottled inspiration!
Don't give a boring account of a man with no hair. Bald is out. Slaphead is in - especially if you want him to be a ruffian or dodgy character. For example, when describing your suspect ... let's call him Mike ... why write `Mike was bald' when you could scribe `a slaphead in a three piece suit'. Why give another character `big eyes' when they can have `lamps' ... or they may have `peepers' for that matter.
Your teens or young guns wouldn't say `this room stinks' more likely they would grunt out a `this joint is minging'. If you had to kill off a character for whatever reason why would they be `dead' when they could be `pushing up daisies'?Read more ›
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Whole family loves this book which is part of an excellent range of modern dictionary. We are gradually collecting them all.Published 1 month ago by J S