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By Julie Coleman

ISBN-10: 0191563587

ISBN-13: 9780191563584

ISBN-10: 0199549370

ISBN-13: 9780199549375

This ebook keeps Julie Coleman's acclaimed historical past of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the more and more systematic and scholarly means during which such phrases have been recorded and categorised within the united kingdom, the us, Australia, and in different places, and the massive progress within the e-book of and public urge for food for dictionaries, glossaries, and courses to the targeted vocabularies of other social teams, periods, districts, areas, and international locations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their heritage. by means of copious instance she indicates how they solid mild on lifestyle around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in big apple and infantrymen struggling with within the Boer and primary international Wars - in addition to at the operations of the narcotics exchange and the leisure company and the lives of these attending American faculties and British public schools.The slang lexicographers have been a colorful bunch. these featured during this booklet contain spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, reporters, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, cops, and a serial bigamist. One supplied the foundation for Robert Lewis Stevenson's lengthy John Silver. one other was once allegedly killed via a red meat pie. Julie Coleman's account will curiosity historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the legal underworld.

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4 See, for instance, Anti-Cadger, ‘The Begging Nuisance’, The Hull Packet and East Riding Times 4169 (16 Dec. 1864), 5; ‘Anti-Mendicity Society’, Jackson’s Oxford Journal 5835 (25 Feb. 1865), 5; ‘Tramps’ Trade-Marks’, Preston Guardian 2935 (5 Oct. 1867), 3. Elisha K. Kane describes a similar use of chalked symbols among American hoboes in ‘The Jargon of the Underworld’, Dialect Notes 5 (1927), 433–67. See Chapter 10. 5 Hotten, Dictionary, 1859, iii–iv [first sequence]. 1. Hotten’s ‘Cadger’s Map’ (1859) 18 John Camden Hotten The year before Hotten published the first edition of his dictionary, a group of scholars in Oxford and London had passed a resolution to begin updating Johnson’s dictionary.

A Norfolk landowner, Lord Walsingham remarked: Look at the pure bred Cockney —I mean the little fellow whom you see running in and out of offices in the city, and whose forefathers have for 18 J. M. Colby and A. W. Purdue, The Civilisation of the Crowd. Popular Culture in England 1750–1900 (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1999), 129. 19 Quoted in E. S. Turner, Dear Old Blighty (London: Michael Joseph, 1980), 88. 12 Introduction the last two generations dwelt within a two mile radius of Charing Cross.

1). The increase in archaic and dated labels among the new terms is particularly interesting in the light of the editor’s note that: this is a Dictionary of modern Slang, — a list of colloquial words and phrases in present use, — whether of ancient or modern formation. Whenever Ancient is appended to a word, it means that the expression was in respectable use in or previous to the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Old or Old English, affixed to a word, signifies that it was in general use as a proper expression in or previous to the reign of Charles II.

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