A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936

Hardcover | October 23, 2008

byJulie Coleman

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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 ofand 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 oneveryday 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 attendingAmerican 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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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 ofand public appetite for dictionaries, glossar...

Julie Coleman is Reader in English at the University of Leicester and founder of the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology. Her research interests lie in the history of the English language, particularly the history of the lexis. She is the author of A Thesaurus of Love, Sex, and Marriage, Rodopi 1999. The f...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.26 inPublished:October 23, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199549370

ISBN - 13:9780199549375

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. John Camden Hotten2. International Slang Dictionaries of the 1880s and 1890s3. Farmer and Henley's Slang and its Analogues4. Other British General Slang Dictionaries5. British School and University Glossaries6. Australian Slang Dictionaries7. Dictionaries of General American Slang8. American School and University Glossaries9. Dictionaries of First World War Slang10. Dictionaries of Homelessness11. Dictionaries of Crime12. Glossaries of the Entertainment IndustriesConclusionAppendix

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`A scholarly study, scrupulously researched and statistically informative; it is also entertaining to read.'TLS