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Life of slang

Author: Julie Coleman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The author 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, while blogs and tweets provide us with a completely new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Coleman
ISBN: 9780199571994 0199571996
OCLC Number: 754720584
Description: xi, 354 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: What is slang? --
Spawning --
Development --
Survival and metamorphosis --
The spread of slang --
Prigs, culls, and blosses : cant and flash language --
Jolly good show : British slang to the twentieth century --
Whangdoodles and fixings : early American slang --
Bludgers, sooks, and moffies : English slang around the world --
Top bananas and bunny-boilers : the media and entertainment age --
Leet to lols : the digital age --
Endsville.
Responsibility: Julie Coleman.

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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  Read more...

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Coleman relishes slang in all its chewy, vigorous glory, and gives a sociological insight ... This book is the 'cat's whiskers' * The Independent on Sunday * Completely fascinating ... immensely Read more...

 
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