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The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 24 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (24 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198610521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198610526
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,833,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a great deal in 'Stone the Crows' that will amuse and intrigue browsers. (Henry Hitchings, Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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Bought as a pressie for a Polish co-worker trying to learn English but was being taught "BBC" style and didn't have a good understanding of every day street language. Great dictionary and some highly amusing definitions for those who have English as their first language - almost tempted to buy one for myself!
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I view this dictionary as complementary to the Oxford Dictionary of Slang and to the Chambers Slang Dictionary. It is less comprehensive than these, but does give a useful background to the expressions that it contains. It is much more restrained than the Chambers and as with Chambers there is not any English to Slang index, a good point about the Oxford Dictionary of Slang. It is useful in giving an explanation of many common slang expressions, but the more curious minded or less prudish may well be disappointed.The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (Oxford Paperback Reference)
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The title says it all - it's a dictionary. No more, no less. Don't expect any winding tales of word and phrase origins, because you won't find any. Why? Because this is a dictionary, not an etymology book. What do you want, a genie to pop up only to tell you to bugger off (buy it, and look that one up)? You get your money's worth, and that's more than I can say for most books these days.
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There's no end to the `mind-blowing' power of Modern Slang. As a mouse is electronically wired to a laptop so too will this dictionary become an intravenous drip to a writer. Hey ho, writers and authors ...

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.
Character Labels

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'?
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I bought the first book and was so satisfied with the result that I bought this newer publication. I'll never say no to a wonderful reference book of this kind. Especially useful to writers.
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Bought for a friend who's first language isn't English and never gets any of the jokes in the office. She loves this book and refers to it often. Arrived in great condition and quickly.
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