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.
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12 per cent alphabet American English American slang American Speech Analogues appears Appendix Argot Australian English Australian slang Barrère and Leland’s biographical information body & health boys British Cant and Slang cent of entries Chapter Christ’s Hospital circus citations College Slang colloquial compiled crime & punishment cross-references definitions Dialect Dictionary of American Dictionary of Slang edition Encyclopædia Britannica English Army Slang English slang entries include Eric Partridge Eton etymologies example expressions failure & insults Farmer and Henley’s Flapper French geography & travel glossary headwords Henley hobo Hotten Ibid Jargon John knowledge & communication language leisure & pleasure Leland Lexicographic Lingo London main list money & poverty Notes and Queries Oxford Partridge Partridge’s police prison published rhyming slang semantically related terms Slang Dictionary slang list slang terms soldiers subs synonyms Table tramp Underworld University usage labels vocabulary volume vulgar Winchester Winchester College York