The Vulgar Tongue: Green's History of Slang

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$31.99  $29.75
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
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Pages
432
Dimensions
6.43 X 9.58 X 1.35 inches | 1.54 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780199398140

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About the Author
Jonathon Green is a lexicographer and author of Green's Dictionary of Slang, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, and Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made.
Reviews
"Green is an elegant, caustic, knowledgeable writer, always lucid, never patronising, always entertaining." --The Times (UK)

"A very interesting survey of the history of slang and the history of its collectors, taking in everything from the early literature of criminality to the Broadway backchat of Walter Winchell and Damon Runyon, from Soho's Polari to the black slangs emerging from slavery in the American south." --The Guardian

"In his relentless campaign to drag slang out of the sewer and brothel and into the drawing-room and academy, Green has no rival. He is the Dr. Johnson of slang, its Putin, it's Mr. Toad, its Dickens." --The Daily Telegraph

"In this abundantly detailed history, Green argues that a counterlanguage will always exist, providing a voice for the marginalized and expressing deep--and sometimes dark--human needs." --Kirkus Reviews