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  • Global English Slangby Julie Coleman

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 52.95

    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 key... more...

  • Cursing in Americaby Timothy Jay

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1992; US$ 54.00

    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...

  • The Life of Slangby Julie Coleman

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 16.99

    This book traces the development of English slang from the earliest records to the latest tweet and explores why and how slang is used. Based on inside information from real live slang users as well as the best scholarly sources, this book is guaranteed to teach you some new words that you shouldn't use in polite company. more...

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

    Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • Swearing in Englishby Tony McEnery

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    Do men use bad language more than women? How do social class and the use of bad language interact? Do young speakers use bad language more frequently than older speakers? Using the spoken section of the British National Corpus, Swearing in English explores questions such as these and considers at length the historical origins of modern attitudes... more...

  • Polari - The Lost Language of Gay Menby Paul Baker

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 54.95

    Polari is a secret form of language mainly used by homosexual men in London and other cities during the twentieth century. Derived in part from the slang lexicons of numerous stigmatised and itinerant groups, Polari was also a means of socialising, acting out camp performances and reconstructing a shared gay identity and worldview among its speakers.... more...

  • Shorter Slang Dictionaryby Paul Beale; Eric Partridge; Rosalind Fergusson

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 41.95

    From abdabs to zit From pillock (14th century) to couch potato (20th century) From She'll be apples (Australia) to the pits (USA) This new collection brings together some 5,000 contemporary slang expressions originating in all parts of the English-speaking world. It gives clear and concise definitions of each word, supplemented by... more...

  • Public Discourses of Gay Menby Paul Baker

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    Queer linguistics has only recently developed as an area of study; however academic interest in this field is rapidly increasing. Despite its growing appeal, many books on ?gay language? focus on private conversation and small communities. As such, Public Discourses of Gay Men represents an important corrective, by investigating a variety of sources... more...