Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

Paperback | March 11, 2010

EditorJohn Ayto, John Simpson

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Drawing on the unique resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang is a fascinating and entertaining collection, packed with illustrative quotations and providing full details of origins and dates of first printed use. The text contains expressions from around the English-speaking world such as 'dork' and 'cockamamie' (NorthAmerica) and 'giggle-house' and 'Jimmy Woodser' (Australia). As well as the A-Z listing of terms, the book contains a comprehensive thematic index, enabling users to home in on particular areas of interest, such as the body, food and drink, and human behaviour. Full of surprises, this is anessential read for word lovers and anyone with an interest in language.

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Drawing on the unique resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and offering coverage of over 6,000 slang words and expressions from the Cockney 'abaht' to the American term 'zowie', this is the most authoritative dictionary of slang from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang is a fascinating and entertain...

Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles, including the Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language, the Longman Register of New Words, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, Twentieth Century Words, and Wobbly Bits and Other Euphemisms. He is also editor of the latest edition of Brewer's ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:March 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199232059

ISBN - 13:9780199232055

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Preface to Second EditionIntroduction to First EditionPronunciation SymbolsPrincipal abbreviationsDictionaryThematic IndexThe body and its functionsPeople and societyAnimalsSustenance and intoxicationArticles and substancesMoney, commerce, and employmentBehaviour, attitudes, and emotionsThought and communicationThe arts, entertainment, and the mediaTime and tideLocation and movementAbstract qualities and states

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