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Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Thorne, Tony

(Book - 2005)
Dictionary of Contemporary Slang
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No slang-worthy subject is too taboo for this collection of more than 15,000 definitions of words that allude to drugs, sports, contemporary society, and a seemingly unending supply of slang terms for sex and bodily functions. Fully revised and expanded, and with lively examples of usage throughout, this up-to-the-minute reference paints a vivid picture of our cultural and social preoccupations while bringing intriguing examples of eccentricity and irreverence back to the linguistic frontline.


Blackwell North Amer
Written by an expert on language, culture and communication, this third edition is a record of the use of slang since the 1950s, concentrating on terms current in the 21st century. As well as the definitions, there is a commentary on the way the word or phrase appears, where it comes from and who typically uses it, with in many cases authentic quotes or examples of usage. A result of research 'in the field', rather than in libraries and archives, this is the first time that many of the entries have been in print.

Publisher: London : A & C Black, 2005
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 0713675047
Branch Call Number: 427.09 T
Characteristics: 494 p. ; 21 cm.

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