Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo, and Related Matters

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Signet, 2001 - Reference - 412 pages
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A lexicon of “improper” English

From slang terminology describing various bodily functions and sexual acts, to the centuries-old cant of thieves and prostitutes, to the language of the modern drug culture, here are 14, 500 entries and 32, 000 definitions of all the words and expressions so carefully omitted from standard dictionaries and polite conversation. Extensively cross-referenced for easy access, this third abridged edition contains almost 300 new entries and definitions.

So whether you're a writer seeking to create a more authentic dialogue, a crossword-puzzle addict in search of an obscure eighteenth-century expression, or a reader interested in the more colorful aspects of the English language, you'll find that a wealth of words awaits you in…

Slang and Euphemism

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
64
Section 4
97
Section 5
117
Section 6
124
Section 7
147
Section 8
167
Section 14
239
Section 15
247
Section 16
257
Section 17
284
Section 18
287
Section 19
298
Section 20
342
Section 21
366

Section 9
188
Section 10
191
Section 11
201
Section 12
206
Section 13
219
Section 22
390
Section 23
391
Section 24
396
Section 25
400
Copyright

About the author (2001)

Richard A. Spears began collecting words at the age of eight and dictionaries at fourteen. This love of language eventually led to a Ph.D. from Indiana University. An adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University, Mr. Spears also is Director, Dictionary Department NTC Publishing Group. He has written on West African languages and nonstandard English, including pidgins and creolized languages, and has taught courses in slang and unconventional English.

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