Cassell's Dictionary of Slang
With its unparalleled coverage of English slang of all types (from 18th-century cant to contemporary gay slang), and its uncluttered editorial apparatus, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang was warmly received when its first edition appeared in 1998. 'Brilliant.' said Mark Lawson on BBC2's The Late Review; 'This is a terrific piece of work - learned, entertaining, funny, stimulating' said Jonathan Meades in The Evening Standard. But now the world's best single-volume dictionary of English slang is about to get even better. Jonathon Green has spent the last seven years on a vast project: to research in depth the English slang vocabulary and to hunt down and record written instances of the use of as many slang words as possible. This has entailed trawling through more than 4000 books - plus song lyrics, TV and movie scripts, and many newspapers and magazines - for relevant material. The research has thrown up some fascinating results - not least the revelation that much of the slang lexicon is far older than scholars have been hitherto aware. The full fruits of this research will appear in due course in a vast multi-volume publication; but its first fruits can be seen in Cassell's Dictionary of Slang: 2nd edition (CDS2). Jonathon's research has not only uncovered many thousands of new slang words and expressions (12,000 of which will appear in CDS2), but has also enabled him to make a myriad improvements to the existing dictionary text. Thus, while the core of entries have been kept in place, new research has ensured that many aspects, whether dating, definitions or etymologies, have been notably improved.
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A must for any slang-o-phile!
A great time. Every page is fulled with words that are colorful, with a reasonably well-researched etymology ranging from the 1700s to early 1990's. While there are not many examples of usage, country and region of origin and date are all fairly explicit. Fully half of this book is descriptions of various vulgarities, and it should certainly not be in a classroom setting. If it were a movie, it would be rated R or NC-17.
A great resource for the price, similarly sized slang dictionaries START at $85.00 and go on up from there.
Very complete - can be used as an awkward thesaurus by using Google Book search.
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