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By Julie Coleman

This e-book maintains Julie Coleman's acclaimed historical past of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the more and more systematic and scholarly approach during which such phrases have been recorded and categorised within the united kingdom, the united states, Australia, and in different places, and the massive progress within the booklet of and public urge for food for dictionaries, glossaries, and publications to the certain vocabularies of other social teams, periods, districts, areas, and countries. Dr Coleman
describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their historical past. by means of copious instance she indicates how they forged gentle on lifestyle around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in ny and infantrymen battling within the Boer and primary international Wars - as
well as at the operations of the narcotics alternate 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 e-book 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 used to be 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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