Title THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF SLANG (OXFORD PAPERBACK REFERENCE)
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Oxford University Press 2003
0198607636 / 9780198607632
Seller ID RWARE0000028826
Here, John Ayto has brought together over 10,000 slang words and phrases co mmon to 20th-century English, to provide a comprehensive and highly engagin g guide to the most outspoken corner of our language. Unlike most such dict ionaries, this volume is organized thematically, with slang words gathered under such headings as "the body and its functions" or "sustenance and into xication." Within each section, the words are listed chronologically, start ing with the century's earliest words and phrases and progressing right thr ough to the present day, thus illuminating the development of slang and col loquial language over the last hundred years. Word origins and other intere sting features of usage are given wherever possible, as are illustrative qu otations from a wide range of authors. A comprehensive A-Z index lists all words included in the dictionary, so you can find a particular word quickly . From "five-finger discount" to "forty-rod whiskey," this is an authoritat ive and up-to-date record of slang throughout the English-speaking world.