A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume IV: 1937-1984

Hardcover | November 28, 2010

byJulie Coleman

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The starting date of the fourth volume of Julie Coleman's pioneering history marks the appearance of the most influential slang dictionary of the twentieth century, Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, produced at a time when the Depression had broken downtraditional working-class communities; the United States was a still-reluctant world power; and another world war was inevitable. If the First World War unsettled combatants' minds, the second unsettled society. It challenged values around the world and, as the author shows, offered newopportunities for vibrant self-expression. Lexicographers recorded a rich harvest of words and phrases from around the world, reflecting new-found freedoms from convention, increased social mobility, and the continued rise of the mass media. Julie Coleman's account ranges across the English-speakingworld. It will fascinate all those interested in slang and its reflections of social and cultural change.

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The starting date of the fourth volume of Julie Coleman's pioneering history marks the appearance of the most influential slang dictionary of the twentieth century, Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, produced at a time when the Depression had broken downtraditional working-class communities; the United Sta...

Julie Coleman is Professor of English Language at the University of Leicester and and founder of the Leicester English Grammar Project. Her research interests lie in the history of the English language, particularly the history of the lexis and the slang and cant dictionary tradition. She is the author of A Thesaurus of Love, Sex, and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567255

ISBN - 13:9780199567256

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Eric partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English2. Dictionaries of Military Slang3. Dictionaries of British Slang4. Legacies of Empire and Declarations of Independence: Dictionaries of the Slang of Newer Nations5. Dictionaries of American Slang6. Glossaries of School and College Slang7. Dictionaries of Race and Music8. Dictionaries of Youth9. Glossaries of Sexuality10. Dictionaries of Drugs Slang11. Dictionaries of Crime and Incarceration12. Dictionaries of new Technologies: Citizens' Band Radio and Computers13. ConclusionBibliographySubject IndexWord Index