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The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang [Hardcover]

John Ayto

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July 17, 2003 0192801228 978-0192801227 0
Highly readable and lively, The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang is the ultimate guide to this perennially captivating subject. This new volume charts the 150-year history of rhyming slang from its origins in 19th century cockney rhyming slang to modern popney rhyming slang. Unlike other dictionaries of its kind, The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang is organized thematically, with slang words gathered under headings such as "food and drink," "sex," "clothing," and "illness." Illustrating how rich and entertaining a language form it is, author John Ayto provides extensive examples and explores the range and development of rhyming slang throughout its history. From "silver spoon" (moon) to "alligator" (later) to "Jack and Jill" (hill), this reference is an authoritative and up-to-date guide to this colorful corner of language.

Editorial Reviews


`Review from previous edition An exemplary piece of editing . . . Ayto's book is the best and most entertaining so far' The Spectator

`Covers virtually every aspect of the human condition' Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of several language titles. His previous books for OUP include 'The Oxford Dictionary of Slang', 'The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang', 'The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language'. His most recent book was '20th Century Words' (OUP, 1999), which was reviewed as 'An absolutely terrific book, brimming with nostalgia, thoroughly addictive and full of surprises'.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192801228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192801227
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,085,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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