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  • Jibber Jabber & Giffle Gaffleby Elanor Clarke

    Summersdale 2014; US$ 9.99

    An essential volume for all lovers of weird and wonderful wordage WHISTLING BREECHES n.19th century. Noisy trousers, specifically corduroys, for the sound they make when the wearer walks. TO PUT THE DEVIL INTO HELL. v. 19th century. To have sex, the 'devil' being the penis, and 'hell' being the vagina. Banter like a bowsered giflurt... more...

  • Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongueby Francis Grose

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Throughout history, most dictionaries have served the purpose of preserving the purity of the language, usually preferring the erudite vocabulary of the affluent upper classes to the salty, constantly evolving slang of their working-class counterparts. That began to change in the early modern period, when several innovative lexicographers began publishing... more...

  • Damn!by Rob Chirico; Keith Allan

    Pitchstone Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    Swearing, cussing, or cursing, out of anger, excitement, or just because, is something most of us do, at least to some degree. Turn on the television or open a magazine, and there it is. Damn! is an insightful and entertaining look at our evolving use of profanity over the last half-century or so, from a time when Gone with the Wind came under... more...

  • The Life of Slangby Julie Coleman

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 20.99

    This book traces the development of English slang from the earliest records to the latest tweet. It explores why and how slang is used, and traces the development of slang in English-speaking nations around the world. The records of the Old Bailey and machine-searchable newspaper collections provide a wealth of new information about historical slang,... more...

  • Slang and Sociabilityby Connie Eble

    The University of North Carolina Press 1996; US$ 29.99

    Slang and Sociability: In-Group Language Among College Students more...

  • Global English Slangby Julie Coleman

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    Global English Slang brings together nineteen key international experts and provides a timely and essential overview of English slang around the world today. The book illustrates the application of a range of different methodologies to the study of slang and demonstrates the interconnection between the different sub-fields of linguistics. A... more...

  • Cursing in Americaby Timothy Jay

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1992; US$ 74.00

    This is the first serious and extensive examination of American cursing from a psycholinguistic-contextual point of view. Several field studies and numerous laboratory-based experiments focus on the relationship between cursing and language acquisitions, anger expresssion, gender stereotypes, semantics, and offensiveness. Censorship, language content... more...

  • Slangby Michael Adams

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 16.99

    Slang, writes Michael Adams, is poetry on the down low, and sometimes lowdown poetry on the down low, but rarely, if ever, merely lowdown. It is the poetry of everyday speech, the people's poetry, and it deserves attention as language playing on the cusp of art. In Slang: The People's Poetry, Adams covers this perennially interesting subject... more...

  • The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patterby Alan Axelrod

    Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95

    The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter: Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems explores the rich vocabulary of gangsters, hipsters, jazz musicians, and military personnel of the 1930s and ?40s. Entries include definitions, etymology, and examples of usage. This delightful compendium celebrates the linguistic gems cut and... more...

  • The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongueby Francis Grose

    Hesperus Press Ltd. 2013; US$ 8.74

    Originally printed as a guide to street slang for men of quality, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue is a gem! The avowed purpose of the dictionary was to give men ‘of fashion? an insight into the inappropriate language of the street. Read in modern times it is by turn uproariously funny and deeply confusing and yet certain truths have remained –... more...