A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936
This book continues Julie Coleman's acclaimed history of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the increasingly systematic and scholarly way in which such terms were recorded and classified in the UK, the USA, Australia, and elsewhere, and the huge growth in the publication of and public appetite for dictionaries, glossaries, and guides to the distinctive vocabularies of different social groups, classes, districts, regions, and nations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of words and phrases and explores their history. By copious example she shows how they cast light on everyday life across the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in New York and soldiers fighting in the Boer and First World Wars - as well as on the operations of the narcotics trade and the entertainment business and the lives of those attending American colleges and British public schools. The slang lexicographers were a colourful bunch. Those featured in this book include spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, journalists, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, police officers, and a serial bigamist. One provided the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson's Long John Silver. Another was allegedly killed by a pork pie. Julie Coleman's account will interest historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the criminal underworld.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
John Camden Hotten
International Slang Dictionaries of the 1880s and 1890s
Farmer and Henleys Slang and its Analogues
Other British General Slang Dictionaries
British School and University Glossaries
Australian Slang Dictionaries
Dictionaries of General American Slang
American School and University Glossaries
Dictionaries of First World War Slang
Other editions - View all
additional American slang American Speech appears Appendix Army Australian authorities Barrère become boys British called Cant cent of entries changes Chapter circus citations classes collection College communication compiled concentrates contains crime criminal defined definitions derived discussed earlier edition English entries include etymologies example experience expressions Farmer French further George give glossary head headwords hobo Hotten indicate instance interest Jargon John knowledge language largely later living London material meaning military Notes officer original Oxford particularly Partridge period person Phrases police popular presented prison published punishment readers reference Review rhyming semantic sense significantly Slang Dictionary social soldiers sometimes standard stories subs suggests synonyms Table tramp Underworld University usage labels usually volume words World writers written York