From Library Journal
Rife with ribaldry, with an amusing contrast between tart words and cool, analytical definitions, this book may mobilize the censors. A typical entry has variant spelling or wording, geographical range, meanings, and comments--often guesswork--on tone, nuance, associations, social context, history, derivation, and related words. Pronunciation is sometimes left unclear. A few slang styles, such as backslang and pig Latin, are noted. Published as the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Contemporary Slang in Britain , this work covers Britain, the United States, and Australia well, other English-speaking areas lightly. The author, a lexicographer, draws from the media and personal observation of such users of slang as hippies and Valley Girls. Recommended more as a fun reflection of speech in recent decades than as definitive scholarship.- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
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'One of the most infuriatingly addictive dictionaries ever produced... Catalogues the vast majority of the improper, vulgar, unacceptable, dubious and generally disreputable words in use in Britain' Evening Standard 'Thorne's speculations are wonderfully informative... [He is the] worthy successor to the great slang-inspector Eric Partridge.' Observer 'This book is the dog's bollocks' Big Issue 'More than 6,000 entries for the latest lingo to enhance your street cred' The Times
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