broadly entertaining resource covers the waterfront with lingo and bits and bobs from English speaking countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, parts of the Caribbean, and the United States.features 70,000 words and phrases dating from the early 16th century to the present Typical entries include parts of speech, etymologytime periods, geography, brief definitionsusage examples occasional cross references Entries such as nudnik New York minute La la Land and beam me up, Scotty will delightreaders Librarieswillwant to purchase this resource because of its broader coverage and affordable price Library Journal....
|Title||:||Cassell's Dictionary of Slang|
|Number of Pages||:||500 Pages|
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Cassell's Dictionary of Slang Reviews
When conventional dictionaries don't cover a word that's essential to understanding what's being said.
Great follow-up to Eric Partridge's classic works. Slang is always colorful, and, as someone who works with word meanings, I find this book very valuable.
Slang is a fascinating aspect of language, and unfortunately, changes quickly. Remember "Can I crash in your pad, bro' ?" When was the last time you heard that? But some slang stays with us, like "23 skidoo" (1890-1910). Green's entry on this expression is 13 lines long. It means "Get out! Go away!" (did you know that?) with theories about its origin including "downdraughts created by the Flatiron Building at the corner of Broadway and 23rd St., which would blow up women's skirts to the delight of male observers" or "railway telegraph jargon 23...greatest urgency". Packed with information, this not-so-little gem is over 1,300 pages long. What about "tongue sushi", meaning to French kiss? Or "to swallow the Bible" meaning "to lie" ? These are just random examples culled from a couple of pages of this wonderful book.
In the library, I did a side-by-side comparison of this book (Green: Cassell Dictionary..., 1998) with: (a) Spears, Richard: NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions, 3rd ed., 2000 and (b) Chapman, Robert: Dictionary of American Slang, 3rd ed., 1995. The advantages of this dictionary over the other two are: (1) it has the most pages (1,312) and entries (65,000) of the three, (2) it has British expressions as well as American, and (3) it has some slang that is no longer in common use, and indicates what sort of people originated or might use the word/phrase (e.g., "lowland n. [1930s-60s] (US Black)"). On the other hand, this book has: (1) relatively small print, and (2) virtually no examples of usage in context. Hey, buy all three from Amazon.com!
One of the most interesting aspects of any language is the study of idiomatic and colloquial expressions. The use(or understanding)of slang words indicates a person's true command of a language. Here we have one of the greatest collections of modern slang words in the English language (as opposed to the analogous work on historical slang by Partridge - Lighter's superb work 'Historical Dictionary of American Slang' is alas still unfinished). Moreover, it seems that Green's purpose was to provide an extensive list of terms rather than give detailed etymologies. Hence, the entries are abundant yet concise. There may not be the analytical observations and quotations that one would find in Tony Thorne's 'Dictionary of Contemporary Slang'(the enlarged 3rd edition has just come out)but there are many more words and phrases.
Reaching back into English for some centuries and reaching through English as it's written & spoken today in many nations, this dictionary offers what seems a unique guide to the use of words and more particularly, phrases, that I can't find defined in any other work. Indispensable for those who really want to understand exactly what they're reading.
If you, like me, live in a non english speaking country and love and teach the english language for a living, you definitely should have a copy of this book alongside a good regular dictionary. And even if english is your mother tongue you should get this book too. Of course all those swearing words are there but there is a lot more than that, there are plenty of cultural references in here that will help you to understand the origins of many terms so used on our daily lives and to discover how language adapts with time and space.
Just a quickie- this book is very useful for writers and is simply a lot of fun to read. I recommend it without reservations.