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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: by Julie Coleman

By Julie Coleman

This booklet keeps Julie Coleman's acclaimed historical past of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the more and more systematic and scholarly method within which such phrases have been recorded and categorized within the united kingdom, the united states, Australia, and in different places, and the large development within the e-book of and public urge for food for dictionaries, glossaries, and courses to the distinct vocabularies of other social teams, sessions, districts, areas, and countries. Dr Coleman describes the origins of phrases and words and explores their background. by means of copious instance she exhibits how they forged gentle on way of life around the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in ny and squaddies struggling with within the Boer and primary international Wars - in addition to at the operations of the narcotics alternate and the leisure company and the lives of these attending American faculties and British public schools.The slang lexicographers have been a colorful bunch. these featured during this booklet contain spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, reporters, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, law enforcement officials, and a serial bigamist. One supplied the muse for Robert Lewis Stevenson's lengthy John Silver. one other used to be allegedly killed by way of a red meat pie. Julie Coleman's account will curiosity historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the legal underworld.

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1865 KERTEVER CARTZO, the disease known as the morbo gallico. From the Lingua Franca, cattivo, bad, and cazzo. —North . . In each case, Hotten’s willingness to cut out potentially offensive material overrides his desire to provide useful information. This edition is the first to include illustrations for four entries. The text-box for two upon ten shows a note passed between shop assistants to warn of a potential shoplifter. The drawing of an inner and outer door for oak is a straightforward illustration of the term defined.

1864), 673–4 and ‘Illustrations of Slang, Cant, Colloquial, and Vulgar Words’, The Reader 4 (3 Dec. 1864), 707. 16 This glossary includes 38 entries for 37 headwords, retaining the variability in content of the original contributions to The Reader. The third edition of Hotten’s Slang Dictionary (1865) The 1865 edition17 is another extensive revision of the dictionary, with a 37 per cent increase in headwords and entries. The main list contains 4430 entries for 3880 headwords, representing an increase of 41 per cent in both.

EPSOM RACES, n. Braces. Th. Hotten (1859) COWS AND KISSES, mistress, or missus — referring to the ladies. EPSOM RACES, a pair of braces. — and sometimes omitting information from his source: Egan (1823) Sick as a Horse. Horses are said to be extremely sick at their stomachs, from being unable to relieve themselves by vomiting. Bracken, indeed, in his Farriery, gives an instance of that evacuation being procured, but by a means which, he says, would make the Devil vomit. Such as may have occasion to administer an emetic either to the animal or the fiend, may consult his book for the recipe.

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